Therapeutic Effect between Physical Therapy Alone and Physical Therapy Combined with McKenzie Exercise In Low Back Pain Patients

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Nantawan Pimmas

Abstract

Low back pain is the common disease in population. Treatment with physical therapy alone and
physical therapy combined with McKenzie exercise can reduce low back pain. This retrospective
analytic study aimed to compare the therapeutic effect between physical therapy alone and physical
therapy combined with McKenzie exercise in low back pain patients, in Buddhachinaraj Phitsanulok Hospital
during April 2014 to April 2016. These patients were divided in 2 groups, the first group underwent physical
therapy alone and the other underwent physical therapy combined with McKenzie exercise. The results of
treatment were compared by Chi-square test, Mann Whitney U test and Wilcoxon signed rank test with
significant level at 0.05.There were 106 patients in first group and 98 patients in second group. There was
no difference in sex, ages and average pre-treatment pain score in both groups (p = 0.940, 0.156 and 0.430
respectively). The post-treatment pain scores in the physical therapy combined with McKenzie exercise
group was lower than in physical therapy alone group (p = 0.004). The reduction of pain scores between
two groups was also difference (p = 0.014). Nevertheless average post-treatment pain scores were
decreased in both groups (p < 0.001 both groups). In conclusion, both physical therapy alone and physical
therapy combined with McKenzie exercise are effective treatments for low back pain patient, but physical
therapy combined with McKenzie exercise is more effective.

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