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Published online 2006 Aug 24. doi:  10.1186/1746-1340-14-19

Table 4

Annualized Mean and Median Numbers of Visits per Health Care Provider for Low Back Pain during One-Year Follow-Up

FD group (n = 107)EP group (n = 84)
Outcome measureMeanMedianMeanMedianp-value1p-value (non-parametric)

Any health care provider2.206.010.005*0.008**
General Practitioner/Internist0.601.200.060.11
Physical Therapist0.100.300.920.97
Emergency Room0.000.10
Orthopedic Surgeon0.100.40
Massage Therapist0.000.40
* Treatment groups significantly different at p < 0.05 using regression analysis

**Treatment groups significantly different at p < 0.05 using Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney test for non-parametric variables

1 Controlling for gender, presence of radiculopathy, and pain (VAS) at start of follow-up