Sara Patterson, a second year classmate of mine, presented on the effectiveness of traction versus manipulation as a treatment for low back pain (LBP).
This hatches an interesting debate. I personally would love to see more evidence comparing the two as Sara emphasizes in her presentation.
Interventions in Treating Patients with Low Back Pain
Tori Orlowski, a second year in my class presented on the therapeutic effects that climbing could have for people diagnosed with Low Back Pain (LBP).
The theorized traction and postural muscle strengthening has very possibly real effects. I think it creates a new and exciting experience for our patients within a controlled environment.
What makes climbing more interesting as a possible treatment, is that it can create a culture of competition. What patient doesn’t want to improve? When Tori was asked about the cost of a climbing system, she said it would be relatively cheap. The most expensive thing would be the hand holds.
Tori did a great job introducing and selling a new possible treatment technique to me; I hope you all take the time to decide for yourself!
Therapeutic Climbing for LBP