In this study, 65 patients with CLBP were assigned to receive aquatic exercise or land-based exercise. The aquatic exercise program consisted of 20 sessions with a physical therapist 5 times per week for 4 weeks in a swimming pool at 33 degrees C. The land-based home exercise programs were demonstrated by a physical therapist on 1 occasion and then patients were given written advice. The patients were assessed for spinal mobility, pain, disability, and quality of life. Evaluations were performed before treatment (week 0) and after treatment (week 4 and week 12).

In both groups, statistically significant improvements were detected in all outcome measures (except modified Schober test) compared with baseline. However, improvement in several of the scores were better in the aquatic exercise group.

It should also be noted that the aquatics group saw a PT for 20 sessions versus the land exercise group seeing a PT just once.

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