Thrust and nonthrust manipulation for older adults with low back pain: an evaluation of pain and disability.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study was to compare the effects of thrust manipulation (TM) and non-TM (NTM) on a sample of older subjects with low back pain. METHODS: This is a secondary data analysis of a randomized control trial. Forty-nine subjects aged 55 to 88 years participated in the trial, who received either a TM or NTM on at least 2 occasions during the course of care, and were extracted from the larger data set. The treatment program included a standardized home exercise program for the first 2 sessions, which could be modified by the therapist after those 2 sessions. Numeric pain rating scale and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) were the outcomes for this study. RESULTS: Multivariate analysis revealed no significant between-group differences for treatment group (P=.99) without group×time interaction (P=.90). Significant within-group changes were observed for both groups for ODI and numeric pain rating scale (P<.001); the average self-report of recovery was 78.0% (SD, 19.8%). Age stratification of the older subset revealed between-group differences in ODI change scores for the oldest subjects (>70 years) compared with 60 to 69 years (P=.02). CONCLUSIONS: This study showed that outcomes for both TM and NTM improved in older adults with low back pain.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Learman, KE; Showalter, C; O'Halloran, B; Cook, CE

Published Date

  • June 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 284 - 291

PubMed ID

  • 23769265

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23769265

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-6586

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.05.007


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States