Low back pain oswestry disability index changes following 8-week movement proficiency exercise program – A retrospective cohort study
Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is a worldwide epidemic, with a prevalence rate of 75–84% in developed countries. With the prevalence increasing, health-care professionals must question current best practice guidelines. In 2014, spinal neurosurgeon and back pain rehabilitation specialist Dr. David Johnson developed a unique back pain rehabilitation program referred to as NearoHAB®. The program’s uniqueness is founded on the principle that effective rehabilitation must eliminate the root cause of pain symptoms. The NeuroHAB® 8-week Movement therapy program aims to reverse movement dysfunction by restoring central nervous system-derived motor patterns based on proficient spinopelvic biomechanics for bending activities of daily living. To date, no other rehabilitation methodology adopts a movement dysfunction cause-based clinical model for back pain symptoms or includes a framework for what healthy lumbar pelvic movement should resemble. Over the course of the 8-week program, each participant is gradually upskilled, developing new default movement proficiency and improved biomechanics, in efforts to downregulate pain, improve disability, and increase functional movement capacity, creating a positive feedback loop for further progress. The leading question of this study is “How does functional movement-based therapy impact chronic low back pain?” Ten sets of participant details were selected at random and retrieved from the NeuroHAB® 8-week program database of 2020. All participants presented with CLBP, and two oswestry disability index (ODI) scores were documented – the first at the beginning of the 8-week program, and the second after the NeuroHAB® intervention. ODI scores were collated and the pre- and post-program results were measured and compared quantitatively through a paired t-test to determine the statistical significance of improvement. Results showed a two-tailed P=0.05 indicating that there was a significant difference between the pre- and post-data (0.0024). The pre- and post-group intervention ODI means were 25.80 and 13.30, respectively, resulting in a difference of 12.50 (95% CI: 5.73–19.27); determining the mean data between the pre- and post-intervention decreased by 48.4496%. The results from this study support the alternative hypothesis, concluding an 8-week intervention of functional movement therapy represented by NeuroHAB® results in a significant reduction of LBP ODI scores.
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