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Editor's e-Note
Exercise can effectively treat chronic conditions such as heart disease, COPD, knee osteoarthritis, and lower back pain. Yet physicians frequently overlook exercise as a treatment option.

A recently developed guide offers providers descriptions of evidence-based exercises categorized by disease type.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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Prescribing Exercise for Chronic Health Conditions

Exercise helps to alleviate the symptoms of many chronic health conditions such as knee osteoarthritis, low back pain, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, and more, yet it is often overlooked as a treatment. A review in the Canadian Medical Association Journal provides an easy-to-use how-to guide for health care professionals to prescribe exercise for specific chronic diseases.

“Many doctors and their patients aren’t aware that exercise is a treatment for these chronic conditions and can provide as much benefit as drugs or surgery, and typically with fewer harms,” says lead author Tammy Hoffmann, PhD, of the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University in Robina, Australia.

According to the authors of the review, exercise is often underprescribed in favor of pharmaceutical or surgical solutions, despite exercise having similar efficacy. Lack of awareness among physicians and patients about the effectiveness of the different types of exercise, poor descriptions of exercises in studies, and a lack of training for health care practitioners are factors affecting underprescription.

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