Personalized physical therapy as an efficient approach to lower back pain

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Personalized physical therapy as an efficient approach to lower back pain

Patients with impaired movement control face difficulties in controlling their lower back position while sitting down, standing or doing back bending. An earlier episode of back pain often becomes a cause of impaired movement control. This situation can be problematic one because patients don’t realize that their incorrect back position can lead to the pain. Only about 15% of patients suffering from lower back pain (LBP) get a specific diagnosis, whereas 85% of patients have to settle for a non-specific one. Many international care guidelines have suggested the further research to address the different subgroups of patients with LBP.

Previous studies were unable to recommend specific exercises to specific patient groups. Therefore, a new study was conducted at the University of Eastern Finland, revealed that the combination of manual therapy and exercise appears to be an excellent way to treat movement control impairment in the lower back. This combination has shown to improve the functional disability of patients by reducing their disability. The study analyzed ay tailored exercise programs for patients that would be a better treatment for alleviating non-specific lower back disability or a generic exercise program for targeting movement control. Patients who had undergone three-month physical therapy were analyzed after 12 months. Patients had given five physical therapy sessions, including personally tailored and generic exercises. Each session included a brief manual therapy. After completing physical therapy sessions, a questionnaire was filled by patients describing the level of disability caused by their back pain. A total of 70 patients with movement control impairment participated in the study. The results indicated that a three-month physical therapy period significantly improved the functional ability of both the groups, and the results persisted till 12-month follow-up.

A personally tailored exercise program was statistically and clinically more beneficial for patients, especially in terms of the level of disability and improvement of functional ability.


University of eastern Finland

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Personalised physical therapy brings relief for lower back pain


Vesa Lahtola et al.


Therapeutic, Exercise, Lower back pain (LBP), Low back, Efficacy
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