Outcomes of physical therapy for acute to chronic low back pain


  • Despite similar durations of physical therapy (PT), those who have a shorter history of low back pain (LBP) prior to outpatient PT report significantly better outcomes than those with more chronic LBP symptoms.

Why this matters

  • Improved outcomes in those with shorter LBP duration prior to PT highlights the importance of earlier intervention for successful PT results.

  • Differing outcomes in those with acute and chronic LBP undergoing similar duration of PT indicates that longer duration PT or varying PT approaches may be needed for to alleviate chronic LBP.