Low Back Pain? Try Customized Physical Therapy, Study Says

Low Back Pain? Try Customized Physical Therapy, Study Says

Customized physical therapy may be a useful way to ease low back pain, which affects an estimated 31 million Americans, a new study says.

Researchers from La Trobe University observed that “many patients with low-back disorders persisting beyond 6 weeks do not recover.”

So, they investigated whether individualized physiotherapy plus guideline-based advice would result in better outcomes compared to advice alone.

The study followed 300 people with low back pain.  Each were offered two “advice sessions” that were intended to explain their back pain issues and to offer recommendations on specific lifting techniques that would lessen their low-back pain.  Approximately half of the group was also offered ten sessions of individualized physiotherapy.

The researchers from La Trobe University in Bundoora, Australia, published their findings in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, in which they concluded:

“Ten sessions of individualized physiotherapy was more effective than 2 sessions of advice alone in participants with low-back disorders of ≥6 weeks and ≤6 months duration. 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.”

“Back pain is very common and many patients are advised to attend physical therapy at some point,” lead study author Jon Ford of La Trobe University said in an email to Reuters Health. “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,” he continued.

According to the American Chiropractic Association,

  • Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
  • One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
  • Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
  • Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
  • Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.
  • Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.

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There are 5 comments for this article
  1. Osteopath Twickenham at 9:00 am

    “many patients with low-back disorders persisting beyond 6 weeks do not recover”

    It’s true, a lot of us just leave back pain until it’s chronic and the recover becomes difficult to attain.

    Thanks for posting.

  2. Stephen S. Rodrigues, MD at 6:52 pm

    Throughout the history mankind, we have always known that the most common and exact location of everyday aches, pains and stiffness was in muscles.

    Even primitive man knew that the most common location of the pains of life has been and always will be in the muscle system.

    Primitive man knew from common sense, experiences and wisdom that the pain they got from life and living could not be located in the skeleton or nerves. Thus there was no need to ever worry or consider this fallacy.

    Thus primitive man knew that the best ways to remove this pain from the muscles was to simply massage, knead and stretch out their muscles. They knew that they had to customize and personalize the treatment process. If it was for a week or month or however long.

    There was no overseers to say NO to you: “you have had enough, you are lazy, we do not believe you, you are weak, you are a hypochondriac.”

    The only way to eradicate pain from muscles is by stimulating the natural healing forces from within the human body. There are only 3 ways to do this historically holistically, safely without pills or surgery:
    All we have to do is apply plain old massage, stretching, spinal adjustments and range of motion exercises.
    The Greeks, roman and Chinese discovered that a needle like probe could reach further into the muscle to stimulate healing.
    The most profound confirmation of these remedies was proved by MDs of the last century that a hypodermic needle could also do the same and actually was much more effective than the thin needles.

    Since about 1960-1995 all of the above remedies were wiped and hidden away for profits. Then they are replace by the 3 most illogical, unnatural, unscientific, unreasonable, magical, unethical, impractical options; NSAIDs, opiates and the surgical blade. This scheme was actually very easy. It was like playing a game of 3 card monte. Instead of the pain being in the muscle system they just tricked us and switched it into the skeleton and blood system. So now pain is called arthritis, degeneration of joints, osteoporosis and inflammation. These are deceptive and inaccurate terms thus wrong!

    So now you have a better idea as to why our HCS is full of inconsistencies; Very cutting edge of science discoveries and very organized crooked, corrupt world of science fiction crimes.

    These studies are an attempt to sneak back into the mainstream of care what was taken away. They have to do this to restore it back to correct so they do not alert those would would want to sue the pants off of the perpetrators. The next time you see someone with huge scars of knee replacements they have been tricked by some very intelligent players. Some know the whole truth and others do not and actually think they are doing their jobs. This is a very complex scheme of deceptions so many will not see it until all of the pieces are put into a diagram.

  3. Scott michaels at 1:41 pm

    this type of physical therapy made my back problem even worse. people shouldnt try anything else if they already been poked and prodded for years likeme and others. if the pain medici e works, FIGHT FOR IT. NOBODY WILL TOUGH MY NECK OR BACK AGAIN.

  4. Toni P at 10:57 am

    The costs of physical therapy make it near impossible for some to go to. It costs me $125 per hour for mine and it is not covered by my insurance. Who has that kind of money? I went for a long time after my car accident and it did not do anything for me long term except cost me a fortune! Too many people suffer from chronic pain because of back issues. Our medical system is so flawed now with regards to chronic pain sufferers and their lack of options and real help.

  5. Mark Ibsen at 8:59 am

    All my patients are sent for customized PT or
    Body work.
    I thought it was ALL Customized.