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Physiotherapy compared with advice for low back pain: Targeting “physical factors” alone is not evidence based practice

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7479.1402 (Published 09 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1402
  1. Maureen Simmonds (m.simmonds@soton.ac.uk), professor and head,
  2. Anne Daykin, scientific officer, Physiotherapy Pain Association
  1. School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ
  2. School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ

    EDITOR—Frost et al's conclusion that “routine physiotherapy” based on physical factors was no more effective than one session of assessment and advice from a physiotherapist in the management of low back pain is not surprising.1 But the defensive nature of the responses to this research is.2 3 This defensiveness arises partly from the perceived rivalry between …

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