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A randomized clinical trial comparing two physiotherapy interventions for chronic low back pain.
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PMID:  15803071     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
STUDY DESIGN: A randomized clinical trial with blinded assessment. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the clinical efficacy of 2 active interventions for patients with chronic low back pain. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Manual therapy and exercise prescription are treatments frequently prescribed for patients with chronic low back pain. The evidence for the relative benefit of these treatments is limited, and questions concerning the most appropriate type of intervention remain unanswered. METHODS: Eighty patients with chronic low back pain (>3 months) were randomized to one of the following treatments, involving 8 treatments over 8 weeks; 1) one-to-one treatment involving 30 minutes of manual therapy (mobilizations to the spine) and spinal stabilization exercises, and 2) a 10 station exercise class involving aerobic exercises, spinal stabilization exercises, and manual therapy. Three physiotherapists led the hour long group with a maximum of 10 patients. Questionnaires were completed, and physical measurements were taken by a blinded observer before randomization, at the completion of treatment, and at 6 months and 12 months after the completion of treatment. The intention-to-treat principle was used in data analysis. RESULTS: Eleven patients dropped out of the individual treatment sessions and 7 dropped out of the exercise group. There was a significant reduction (reduced disability) in the questionnaire score in both groups, and there were significant increases in range for all the physical movements tested in both groups. The exercise group was 40% more cost effective than the individual treatments. CONCLUSION: Both forms of intervention were associated with significant improvement. On-going clinical research is necessary to provide guidance as to the clinical efficacy of various forms of intervention.
Jeremy S Lewis; Jane S Hewitt; Lisa Billington; Sally Cole; Jenny Byng; Sandra Karayiannis
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Spine     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1528-1159     ISO Abbreviation:  Spine     Publication Date:  2005 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-04-01     Completed Date:  2006-02-24     Revised Date:  2009-07-09    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7610646     Medline TA:  Spine (Phila Pa 1976)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  711-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Therapy Department, Chelsea & Westminster Healthcare National Health Service Trust, London, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Chronic Disease
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Disability Evaluation
Exercise Therapy* / economics
Health Care Costs
Low Back Pain / physiopathology,  therapy*
Middle Aged
Musculoskeletal Manipulations* / economics
Range of Motion, Articular
Single-Blind Method
Treatment Outcome

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