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Exercise therapy for low back pain: a small-scale exploratory survey of current physiotherapy practice in the Republic of Ireland acute hospital setting.
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PMID:  16084749     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A small-scale exploratory cross-sectional survey investigated the current use of a range of exercise therapy approaches for low back pain (LBP) by outpatient physiotherapists in the acute hospital setting in the Republic of Ireland, where the majority of publicly funded treatment is delivered. Of the 120 postal questionnaires distributed to 24 physiotherapy departments, 87 were returned (72.5% response rate). The results showed specific spinal stabilization exercises were the most popular exercise therapy for acute (39%; n = 35) and chronic (51%; n = 48) LBP, followed by the McKenzie approach (acute LBP (ALBP) 35.6%; n = 32: chronic LBP (CLBP) 17%; n = 16), and abdominal exercise (ALBP 11.1%; n = 10: CLBP 9.6%; n = 9). The most popular forms of exercise therapy used by outpatient physiotherapists in acute hospital settings in Ireland lack support from evidence-based clinical guidelines, and further large-scale high quality randomized controlled trials of these approaches are warranted. Further research should also establish the use of exercise therapy and attitudes to clinical guidelines of physiotherapists in other countries and healthcare settings.
Karol Byrne; Catherine Doody; Deirdre A Hurley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2005-08-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Manual therapy     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1356-689X     ISO Abbreviation:  Man Ther     Publication Date:  2006 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-31     Completed Date:  2007-01-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9610924     Medline TA:  Man Ther     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  272-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Physiotherapy, Health Sciences Complex, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Republic of Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Exercise Therapy / methods*
Hospital Departments*
Low Back Pain / therapy*
Physical Therapy (Specialty) / methods*

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