Classification‐based approach for management of an adolescent with LBP, lower extremity pain, and a relevant postural deformity
Authors: Dudzic, Jason; Szymusiak, Brett; McCormick, Hannah; Miller, Eric R
Source: Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, Volume 19, Number 1, 2011 , pp. 42-47(6)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
A 15‐year‐old female presented to physical therapy 2 months after a traumatic injury with severe low back pain, referred unilateral leg pain below the knee, and a lumbar lateral shift. A classification‐based approach, mechanical diagnosis and therapy, was utilized to identify the patient with respect to a particular subgroup, and interventions were applied according to symptomatic response to loading strategies, sustained and repeated movements. Outcome measures included the Modified Oswestry Disability Questionnaire (MODQ) and a visual analog scale (VAS) for pain rating. After nine visits (4 weeks), there was a 60% improvement in MODQ score, 0/10 pain on the VAS, and the patient resumed participation in recreational activities. At the 1‐year follow‐up, there was a 78% overall improvement in MODQ score with continued 0/10 rated pain. Improvements after nine visits and at the 1‐year follow‐up both exceeded the minimal clinically important difference for the MODQ.
Document Type: Original Article
Publication date: 2011