Subgrouping Patients with Low Back Pain: What Group is Most Likely to Benefit from Pilates

Physical Therapy ArticleThe Balanced Body Newsletter; Pilates quarterly Spring 2009
by Tom Lavosky

"Physical therapists utilize a wide range of interventions in the management of patients with low back pain (LBP). Approximately 50% of all patients presenting to outpatient physical therapy clinics seek treatment for LBP. Clinical research has not shown that one treatment is superior to another where “broad inclusion criteria”, meaning anyone with low back pain (LBP), is used. Recent research, however, does show that if patients with LBP are placed in subgroups based on a cluster of signs and symptoms, one treatment does demonstrate greater efficacy over other…."
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Dizziness Causes and Treatments

Advanced Physical Therapy ArticleAdvance for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine,
December 15, 2009
by Tom Lavosky

“What are the three most common reasons patients seek medical attention in a primary care setting? Lower back pain, headaches and dizziness.1 Over age 65, dizziness is the most frequent cause for an office visit.2 Episodes of dizziness can impair an individual's lifestyle or contribute to a fall. It is estimated that one-third to one-half of all people over age 65 fall at least once. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury in older adults, and account for over 200,000 hip fractures annually in the United States alone…”
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Pilates-Based Therapeutic Exercise

Effect on Subjects With Nonspecific Chronic Low Back Pain and Functional Disability: A Randomized Controlled Trial
October 16, 2013 - Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
By Rochenda Rydeard, PT, MSc1, Andrew Leger, PT, PhD2, Drew Smith, PhD3

Low back pain (LBP) represents the most common cause of disability in persons under 45 years of age. Spinal disorders represent at least 40% of the compensated disorders treated by physiotherapists, and 70% of these spinal disorders involve the lumbar spine. The effectiveness of therapeutic exercise in the treatment of chronic LBP is currently under review. General conditioning programs to train strength and endurance of the spine musculature have been shown to reduce pain intensity and disability and to be useful in the treatment of nonspecific chronic LBP and ‘‘activity-related spinal disorders.’’.
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Rehab: A Different Kind of Pilates

Fall 2005 Balanced Body Pilates COREterly
By Brent Anderson, PhD, PT, OCS, President and CEO of Polestar Pilates

Pilates continues to receive attention in the field of rehabilitation – with good reason. Recent research supports Pilates as an appropriate intervention for common orthopedic injuries. And when compared to other common forms of rehabilitation, it has been equal if not superior in physical, psychological and disability measures.
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Pilates: Effective For Injury Rehabilitation

Beyond Fitness Magazine
By Ken Endelman, Founder and CEO of Balanced Body Inc.

Most people all over North America are familiar with Pilates - it is still is one of the fastest growing exercises in the world. And millions more have experienced the physical fitness benefits of added strength, length, and agility that it provides. But few know that Pilates is rapidly rising in another area - rehabilitation from injury.
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