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Human Studies

2019 Nov

Eur Spine J



Predicting a beneficial response to motor control training in patients with low back pain: a longitudinal cohort study.


Hides JA, Murphy M, Jang E, Blackwell L, Sexton M, Sexton C, Mendis DM
Eur Spine J. 2019 Nov; 28(11):2462-2469.
PMID: 31254095.


Exercise therapy such as motor control training (MCT) has been shown to reduce pain and disability in people with low back pain (LBP). It is unknown which patients are most likely to benefit. This longitudinal cohort study aimed to: (1) retrospectively examine records from a large cohort of patients who received MCT treatment, (2) identify potentially important predictors of response to MCT and (3) test the predictors on an independent (split) sample derived from the original cohort of patients, using one group to identify the predictors and the other to test them.