Reliability of movement control tests in the lumbar spine.

Luomajoki H, Kool J, De Bruin ED, Airaksinen O        

The aim of this study was to determine the inter- and intra-observer reliability of movement control dysfunction tests of the lumbar spine.  Patients were videoed performing a standardized test battery consisting of 10 active movement tests for motor control in 27 patients with non specific low back pain and 13 patients with other diagnoses but without back pain. Four physiotherapists independently rated test performances as correct or incorrect per observation, blinded to all other patient information and to each other. Physiotherapists were able to reliably rate most of the tests in this series of motor control tasks as being performed correctly or not, by viewing films of patients with and without back pain performing the task .

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2007, 8(1), 90

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