When should manual therapy be introduced for low back pain?

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Written by Ann Dennison Ann Dennison
Published: 19 October 2021 19 October 2021

There are questions regarding when to introduce manual therapy for lower back pain.  New research has shown that the sooner it is introduced, the better. A report released by Workers' Compensation Research Institute found that manual therapy within the first two weeks of physical therapy for lower back pain was associated with lower temporary disability rates and overall costs of care compared with manual therapy initiated later in a study of more than two million workers' compensation claims across 28 states.

Additionally, this study builds on an earlier foundational study of physical therapist treatment for lower back pain that found early physical therapy to be associated with shortened disability periods and reduced utilization costs compared with physical therapy begun more than 14 days after the onset of lower back pain.

Overall - this is good news for manual therapy and lower back pain.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.