Prevention of Low Back Pain in the Military: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Final rept. 1 Jun 2006-31 May 2011
FLORIDA UNIV GAINESVILLE
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The Prevention of Low Back Pain in the Military POLM clinical trial has been successfully completed. With the no cost extension year the research team completed all remaining SOW tasks with particular attention paid to the primary data analyses. In the no cost extension year the research team presented data at a national physical therapy conference and 2 manuscripts were accepted for publication in J Ultrasound Med BMC and Musculoskelet Disord. Our primary analyses suggest that the core stabilization exercise approach did not have preventative effects for low back pain. However, the brief psychosocial education approach did have preventative effects by resulting in a 3.3 decrease in low back pain incidence over 2 years NNT 30. The analyses for incidence outcomes are in review with Archives Int Med and for severity outcomes with Pain. The completion of the POLM trial provides important evidence that Soldiers may benefit from patient education approaches to reduce incidence of low back pain.
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