A randomised controlled trial of 'clockwise' ultrasound for low back pain.
S Afr J Physiother
Aims: To examine how the choice of words explaining ultrasound (US) may influence the outcome of physiotherapy treatment for low back pain (LBP).
Methods: Sixty-seven patients with LBP < 3 months were randomly allocated to one of three groups - traditional education about US (control group [CG]), inflated education about US (experimental group [EG]) or extra-inflated education about US (extra-experimental group [EEG]). Each patient received the exact same application of US that has shown clinical efficacy for LBP (1.5 Watts/cm
Results: Both EG and EEG groups showed a statistically significant improvement for SLR (
Conclusion: The choice of words when applying a treatment in physiotherapy can alter the efficacy of the treatment.
Physical Therapy | Physiotherapy
Louw, Adriaan; Zimney, Kory; Landers, Merrill R; Luttrell, Mark; Clair, Bob; and Mills, Joshua, "A randomised controlled trial of 'clockwise' ultrasound for low back pain." (2016). Faculty Publications. 7.