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Category: Volume 15, Issue 2, 2021
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Background: Low back pain  is common musculoskeletal problem which is the most common cause of loss of functional activities consequently  lead to disability and workforce loss. This problem might happen due to inflammatory diseases or mechanical causes. Pain is the main symptom of low back pain beside stiffness, muscle spasm and sciatica. Beside medical treatment,  physiotherapy is effective in treating low back pain. 

Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of short-term physical therapy program on pain intensity and functional activities in low back pain patients at Zawia Teaching Hospital.

Methods: 20 females aged between (20 -70 years) diagnosed with non specific low back pain received physiotherapy treatment at Zawia Teaching Hospital participated in the study. Two questionnaires are used pre and post treatment to evaluate effectiveness physical therapy program on pain intensity and functional activities in low back pain patients.

Result : The statistics revealed significant pain relive and increase in the functional ability with P value equal to  0.000  for both visual analogue scale and Tunisian version of Owestry disability scale pre and post measurements.

Conclusion: The study revealed that  the short-term physical therapy program is effective in decreasing pain intensity and  improving functional activities in low back pain patients.

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