A trial is being conducted at the University of Saskatchewan to see if walking is the best cure for chronic back pain.
Interim Vice-Dean of Research at the College of Medicine Steve Milosavljevic says back pain is the biggest muscular skeletal health problem, and is a major health care cost for Canada.
However, Milosavljevic says pumping weights might not be the best way to treat back pain.
He says for tens of thousands of years, humans and their ancestors have been walking, evidence that standing is much better for back pain than sitting.
He says they are searching for people with at least 3 months of back pain to take part in a trial, where they would be assigned to walk a certain distance each week to help relieve pain.
In Saskatchewan, it’s estimated that 28 of every 100 people at any given time have lower back pain.