What is the efficacy of including physical therapy of the hip in the treatment of mechanical low back pain?

Updated: Mar 06, 2018
  • Author: Everett C Hills, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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A study by Bade et al indicated that in patients with mechanical LBP, treatment of not just the lumbar spine but of the hips as well, though manual therapy and exercise, produces better results than treatment of the lumbar spine alone. At 2 weeks after treatment began, the investigators found that the global rating of change (GRoC) scale score and patient satisfaction were better in the lumbar spine/hips group, while at discharge, significantly better results for this group were seen in the Modified Oswestry Disability Index, the numeric pain rating scale, the GRoC scale score, and patient satisfaction. [31]


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