Effect of Physiotherapy in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department With Nonspecific Lower Back Pain (EPAC-II)

  • STATUS
    Recruiting
  • End date
    Dec 8, 2022
  • participants needed
    140
  • sponsor
    University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Updated on 8 June 2022
back pain
low back pain

Summary

Physiotherapy is a long established therapy in lower back pain. It is unknown if physiotherapeutic interventions in patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) with nonspecific lower back pain are beneficial. The aim of this study is to assess whether patients presenting to the emergency department with non-specific low risk low back pain would benefit from a physiotherapy intervention, as compared to patients without physiotherapy intervention at time of ED presentation.

Details
Condition Lower Back Pain
Treatment Physiotherapeutic intervention
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05156957
SponsorUniversity Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Last Modified on8 June 2022

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Yes No Not Sure

Inclusion Criteria

Written informed consent
Experiencing nonspecific lower back pain
Presentation to the Emergency Department (ED) of the University Hospital Basel

Exclusion Criteria

Inpatient disposition after ED work-up
Red Flags" at time of ED-presentation
Major trauma in all patients
Fractures leading to immobilization
Severe or progressive sensory alteration or weakness
Bladder or bowel dysfunction
Evidence of neurological deficit on physical examination
Severe chronic disease, such as metastasized cancer, palliative care
Epidural steroid injections in the last 3 months
Inability or contraindications to undergo the investigated intervention or to follow the study procedures, e.g. due to certain neurological disorders, language problems, psychological disorders, cognitive impairment, physical inability etc
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