To be honest, I had to listen to the debate multiple times to pick out some of the really strong take-home messages that emerged from the discussion. While the debate was focused on the assessment and management of LBP, it had me thinking more rigorously about how these themes could apply to other aspect to our practice. In no particular order of importance:
- The widespread use of the term "nonspecific" low back pain is inadequate and misleading. It would be analogous to our medical colleagues using the words "nonspecific" abdominal pain and contributes to further confusion regarding accurate diagnosis and management.
- There is a need to develop standardized clinical practice patterns and a unified language with respect to the dosage and modes of manual therapy we deliver to our patients.
- There is still considerable variation between highly trained individuals regarding the classification, assessment, and management of mechanical low-back pain.
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I hope you will download this debate and continue to reevaluate your methodology with respect to evaluation and management of not only low back pain, but other complex conditions as well. Our aim as orthopedic therapists should be to continually elevate our standards of practice. Take care and talk to you soon!