Low back pain significantly affects older Australians leading to decreases in functional capacity, quality of life, and social activities. It is associated with decreased levels of physical activity and with a greater number of comorbidities. A survey performed in Australia in 2018 found that around 75% of older Australians do not meet the physical activity guidelines (i.e. do not perform ≥ 150 min of moderate physical activity per week).
Even though evidence calls attention to physical activity as medicine for older adults and for recovery from low back pain, the vast majority of the older population is still inactive.
This study aims to see whether exercising after discharge for treatment for low back pain improves outcomes for people with low back pain and decreases health care utilisation. It also aims to assess whether exercising with a ‘buddy’ is better than exercising alone.
Participants will be allocated to one of the three groups:
1. Control Group: participants will continue with usual care and follow the advice given by their treating health care professional
2. Health Coaching Group: participants will receive up to 13 coaching sessions through the NSW Get Healthy Initiative to encourage them to increase their physical activity
3. Buddy Group: participants will receive the same 13 coaching sessions and will be asked to exercise with a partner or buddy once a week
Participants will be asked to complete short surveys at the beginning of the study, 3 months and 6 months.
You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:
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