Personalized Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain

Adira Vinograd: Physical Therapist

pt for  lower back painA new study has revealed that lower back pain affects around 31 million people in America. One of the best ways to control this condition could be personalized physical therapy. Researchers at La Trobe University,  Bundoora,  Australia, have noted that patients with lower–back disorder that persists beyond six weeks, find it difficult to recover from this condition. Hence they investigated if personalized physiotherapy along with advice based on certain guidelines would have a better outcome when compared to plain advice, alone. The study was conducted on 300 people suffering from low back pain. Every individual was given two sessions of advice that was aimed at explaining their low back pain issue and suggestions on precise lifting techniques which would result in reducing their pain. Nearly half the group were also provided ten sittings of customized therapy.

The researchers published their conclusions in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. They established that among the participants with low back pain disorders for more than 6 weeks but less than 6 months, ten sittings of customized physiotherapy was more successful than 2 sittings of advice alone. They also said, “Between-group changes were sustained at 12 months for activity limitation and 6 months for back and leg pain and were likely to be clinically significant.”

Jon Ford, lead study author at La Trobe University told Reuters, “Back pain is very common and many patients are advised to attend physical therapy at some point. The challenge for researchers is to continue to examine which particular physical therapy interventions work for specific types of patients with low-back pain and determine the optimal timing for physical therapy intervention.”


The American Chiropractic Association noted that:

  • Low back pain was a major reason for disability globally, as mentioned in the Global Burden of Disease, 2010.
  • Every year, half the American working population admit to suffering from back pain conditions.
  • Back pain has been attributed as one among the commonest reasons for non-attendance at work. As a matter of fact, it was second only to upper respiratory infection symptoms, as the most common cause for a visit to the doctor!
  • A majority of back pain cases were mechanical or non-organic and not related to serious conditions like infection, fracture, inflammatory arthritis or cancer.
  • An estimated $50 billion was being spent by Americans annually just to treat back pain. This expense is only for the easily acknowledged costs.
  • Experts opine that almost 80 percent of the total population are likely to have a back problem during their lifetime.

We can thus safely conclude that customized therapy based on individual condition is one of the better options to treat lower back pain conditions.



 Personalized Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain

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