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Lower back pain app: an exercise programme for the management of low back pain
  1. Marina B Pinheiro1,
  2. Gustavo C Machado2
  1. 1 Discipline of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2 Musculoskeletal Health Sydney, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Marina B Pinheiro, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney NSW 2141, Australia; marina.pinheiro{at}

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Name of the mobile application

Lower Back Pain App.




Android 2.1 or later, iOS 8.0 or later.



About the app

We have recently conducted a systematic review of smartphone apps for the self-management of low back pain.1 Of the 61 included apps, ‘Lower Back Pain App’ had the highest quality score (mean 3.94, range 0–5), as assessed using the Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS).2 This app offers a 10-week exercise programme that aims to improve low back pain symptoms. Before starting the exercise programme, users are required to answer three screening questions addressing leg pain symptoms (numbness), mechanism of injury (accident or trauma), age (<20 years, or >50 years) and pain characteristics (constant pain at night). Where the answer is ‘yes’ for any of the questions, a …

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  • Contributors MBP and GCM tested the app. MBP wrote the first draft of the manuscript. Both authors approved the final version of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.