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Med. Sci. 2015, 3(3), 55-63; doi:10.3390/medsci3030055

Efficacy of Manual Therapy versus Conventional Physical Therapy in Chronic Low Back Pain Due to Lumbar Spondylosis. A Pilot Study

Department of Medical Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Applied Medical Science, King Khalid University, Abha 61321, Saudi Arabia
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Received: 16 April 2015 / Revised: 10 June 2015 / Accepted: 17 June 2015 / Published: 26 June 2015
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Objectives: The objective of this work was to compare the efficacy of Maitland mobilization and conventional physical therapy on pain response, range of motion (ROM) and functional ability in patients with chronic low back pain due to lumbar spondylosis. Methods: A total sample of 30 subjects (40–70 years of age) with complaints of slow insidious onset of low back pain (LBP), with or without radiation not less than three months duration and decrease ROM were randomly assigned to: group-I, Maitland mobilization and lumbar stabilization exercises; group-II conventional physical therapy (traction, strengthening, stretching exercises.) and outcomes were assessed for dependent variables. Results: There is statically a significant difference between pre and post measurement readings with time (p = 0.00) and between groups (p < 0.05) with respect to pain and function, but, with respect to ROM readings, showed statistical significance with time (p = 0.00) and no significance between groups (p > 0.05), indicating manual therapy group-I is improving faster and better than conventional physical therapy group-II. Conclusion: Our results showed that manual therapy interventions are more effective in managing low back pain, and function and range of motion of the lumbar spine than conventional physical therapy treatment. View Full-Text
Keywords: maitland; mobilization; exercise; traction; low back pain maitland; mobilization; exercise; traction; low back pain
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Sharma, A.; Alahmari, K.; Ahmed, I. Efficacy of Manual Therapy versus Conventional Physical Therapy in Chronic Low Back Pain Due to Lumbar Spondylosis. A Pilot Study. Med. Sci. 2015, 3, 55-63.

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