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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

John M Medeiros, PhD, PT

Second Advisor

Kenneith W Bush, PhD, PT


Debate has continued over which methods of treatment for low back pain are the most effective. This is an important issue because in the absence of an effective treatment intervention, many acute episodes of low back pain become chronic problems. Given the prevalence of low back pain, there is a need for documenting effective treatment interventions. This study analyzed the effectiveness of an Intensive Back Program in the treatment of back pain. Success of this program was determined primarily by evaluating functional status, perceived pain levels, and use of pain medications via a Disability Questionnaire. Results from an initial questionnaire were compared to responses given on a follow up questionnaire at the time of discharge. Results suggested that subjects who received the Intensive Back Program had fewer complaints of low back pain, decreased medication use, and claimed to be more satisfied with their back condition in comparison to those subjects who were treated conservatively.


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