Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Beverly Johnson


Exercise Therapy -- methods; Low Back Pain -- rehabilitation


Background and Purpose: The purpose of this article is to describe the six-week outpatient physical therapy treatment of a patient with acute low back pain due to a motor vehicle accident.

Case Description: The patient was a 34-year-old female who presented with decreased lumbar range of motion, pain, decreased abdominal strength, and muscle spasms. The treatment for this patient included lumbar stabilization exercises, stretching, manual therapy, and soft tissue mobilizations.

Outcomes: Following the physical therapy intervention, the patient exhibited full range of motion, decreased pain, and the ability to maintain a neutral pelvis without verbal or manual cues. The patient was able to perform all work duties and activities of daily living pain free.

Discussion: This case illustrates the success of treating low back pain with a lumbar stabilization program.