Physiotherapy Research Group

Defence of PhD thesis: Classification and treatment of non-specific chronic low back pain

Kjartan Vibe Fersum defends his PhD thesis on wednesday, 27. april 2011. Non-specific chronic low back pain (NSCLBP) disorders have proven highly resistant to change in spite of enormous resources directed at them. There is lack of evidence for single treatment interventions for patients with NSCLBP despite the substantial amount of Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT) evaluating treatment outcome for this disorder.

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It has been hypothesised that this vacuum of evidence is caused by the lack of sub-classifying the heterogeneous population of patients with chronic LBP for outcome research. Another reason suggested for the limited evidence is the lack of sub-grouping and managing the disorder from a biopsychosocial perspective. There is growing evidence that NSCLBP is associated with maladaptive cognitive, movement and lifestyle behaviours that act to promote a vicious cycle of pain. Few classification systems reflecting a bio-psycho-social model have been validated and tested in RCTs for the management of NSCLBP disorders. The O’Sullivan Classification System (OCS) has been developed and validated over many years and subgroups patients based on their maladaptive cognitive, movement and lifestyle behaviours.

Time: Wednesday 27. april 2011, 10.15 a.m.

Location: Auditorium 2, BBB