Impact of Specialist Certification and Fellowship Training on Low Back Pain Outcomes

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Physical Therapists at Mend are both board certified in orthopedics and fellowship trained in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.  Our prior post documented the superior outcomes found when patients are treated by fellowship trained Physical Therapists.  This data shows patients' pain and disability were treated more efficiently and effectively by fellowship trained PT.  A recent study shows board certification and fellowship training also have a positive impact on the management of low back pain.  

Ladeira and colleagues in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy assessed the knowledge, beliefs, and actions of over 400 practicing Physical Therapists on clinical vignettes for various patients with LBP (2017).  The authors found fellowship trained, board certified Physical Therapists demonstrated better adherence to current clinical practice guidelines in the management of patients with different causes of low back pain.  This adds to our existing knowledge on the benefits patients receive when treated by a board certified, fellowship trained Physical Therapist.