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G. Noel Squires



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Background: Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common and costly musculoskeletal diagnosis in America. Approximately 50% of individuals with LBP have recurrent episodes by 1 year, 60% by 2 years and 70% by 5 years. Multiple studies have been inclusive determining a gold standard for cost effective long term outcomes. MET therapy focuses on early functional activity to relieve pain and restore normal movement. Early functional activity is made possible by using counter weights to obtain required range of motion. This system of unloading gives the patient the opportunity to perform exercises in a functional manner. The first phase involves graded exercises to normalize a pathological condition as well as getting rid of pain. In phase two the patient is symptom free and exercise is graded as compared to the patient’s daily activity. Generally treatment lasts for an hour and, exercise are done at 3 sets of 30 repetitions. Low weight is used to compliment the high sets and low reps as a way to condition the muscles and joints in a functional way. Purpose: The purpose of this case report is to show how MET therapy can be used as an intervention for LBP specifically, non radicular LBP.

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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Management For A Patient With Low Back Pain Utilizing Medical Exercise Therapy



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