Department of Physical Therapy Student Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

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Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

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Purpose: To present details of the sitting posture education of low back patients.

Subjects: Systematic selection of 200 Physical Therapists from APTA Orthopedic section, currently practicing in Ohio.

Methods: Self generated questionnaire, designed to obtain information on how sitting posture education varies with differential diagnoses of low back pain. The survey was also used to identify methods which are used to teach posture, and to identify the content of the postural education.

Results: A significant relationship was found between years practicing and subjective level of expertise. Chi square and cross tabulations revealed a difference in support suggested for the acute and spondylolithesis patients. ANOVA revealed a significant relationship between years practicing and the importance of informing the patient about strengthening the abdominal musculature.

Conclusions: Differences in posture education were identified in positioning of the lumbar spine and kind of back support used for differential diagnoses. Physical therapists most commonly used verbal education and demonstration to teach patients about sitting posture. The content of the postural education showed that all topics were included, although the education about differences of sitting on hard versus soft surfaces was the least represented, the amount of replies in the four other categories were similar.


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