A study was done on 70 patients who had been suffering from low back pain and split them into two groups. The first received personally tailored exercise regimens that focused on targeting their condition, while the second were given a generic exercise program. Patients were observed over the course of three months and were asked to report on their condition after each of five physical therapy sessions by filling out a questionnaire that tracked their level of disability caused by back pain. They were also monitored over a 12-month follow-up period, and it was found that both groups experienced improvement in symptoms that lasted through the 12 months. However, those who participated in the personalized physical therapy saw statistically better improvements in their level of disability and their functional ability.
While physical therapy has proven beneficial for treating lower back pain, this study highlights the need for more personalized treatment and diagnosis options. Better understanding the specifics of your condition could allow for more tailored therapeutic options and, as a result, expedite and improve the efficacy of treatment.
If you are suffering from low back pain, Dr. Leigh Roberts can help. At your initial visit Dr. Roberts will perform a through evaluation, obtain an accurate diagnosis and design a specific treatment plan to meet your rehabilitation needs. Please call 410.381.1574 or email us to schedule your appointment today.