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Human Studies

2020 Feb 18

Eur Spine J

Initial classification of low back and leg pain based on objective functional testing: a pilot study of machine learning applied to diagnostics.


The five-repetition sit-to-stand (5R-STS) test was designed to capture objective functional impairment and thus provided an adjunctive dimension in patient assessment. The clinical interpretability and confounders of the 5R-STS remain poorly understood. In clinical use, it became apparent that 5R-STS performance may differ between patients with lumbar disk herniation (LDH), lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) with or without low-grade spondylolisthesis, and chronic low back pain (CLBP). We seek to evaluate the extent of diagnostic information contained within 5R-STS testing.