This study is a parallel randomized controlled trial comparing yoga to education for 120 Veterans with chronic low back pain.Participants are Veterans ≥18 years old with low back pain present on at least half the days in the past six months and a self-reported average pain intensity in the previous week of ≥4 on a 0–10 scale.
We also assess cost-effectiveness from three perspectives: the Veteran, the Veterans Health Administration, and society using electronic medical records, self-reported cost data, and study records.
Musculoskeletal pain conditions are the most commonly diagnosed medical problems among the more than two million Veterans from Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND), far surpassing other medical and mental health disorders .
Interventions are followed by a 12-week follow-up period.
Data collection takes place at baseline (prior to randomization), 6 weeks, 12 weeks, and 24 weeks ].
A recent VHA report mapping the evidence for yoga on high-impact conditions supported the potential benefit for adults with c LBP .