Interventions in Treating Patients with Low Back Pain

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

Therapeutic Climbing for LBP

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

Down to business

This post includes links to Clinical practice guideline (CPG) presentations done by the NAU DPT program in Flagstaff, AZ. The whole class contributed to the different topics mentioned throughout.

CPG’s are often not utilized to their full capabilities, or often enough in my opinion. As a class, NAU DPT Flagstaff, we were tasked with forming groups in order to review clinical practice guidelines. The topics were broad, ranging  from head to toe. The topics were:

  • Shoulder
  • Knee/ACL
  • Hip
  • Neck
  • Low Back
  • Heel
  • Ankle
  • Achilles

Our small groups presented a specific diagnosis that the CPG’s covered from those broader categories. The links to all of the presentations are at the end of this blog entry in both PowerPoint and PDF. In the presentations, influential researchers as well as outside research studies were included for each topic in hopes that our class could follow the most relevant information. These presentations are great, and everyone did a wonderful job, but they are not the most important part of this assignment. We were also asked to provide a 1-page infographic designed to be easily read and used to treat a specific diagnosis. These are gold! All of them have valuable information regarding treatments backed by the most evidence. Those infographics are also attached below. All are in PDF format except for the shoulder infographic.

CPG Presentations:

CPG Presentations (Compiled)

CPG Presentations (Compiled)


Achilles Tendinitis

Ankle Instability (Back Page) Ankle Instability (Front Page)

Knee Pain


Neck Pain

OA of the Hip

Plantar Fasciitis

Frozen Shoulder