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Active interventions are associated with less specialty care.

Listen to Editor-in-Chief Alan Jette talk with Shawn Farrokhi about his recent study on the relationship between the use of passive, active, and manual therapy interventions for the management of low back pain and the likelihood of receiving of receiving opioid prescriptions, spinal injections, or specialty care visits after one year. The study found that passive interventions led to more lingering symptoms compared to active interventions. Jette and Farrokhi also discuss the study's use of the Military Health System Data Repository, a large repository with data from over 260 health care facilities, and how military physical therapy differs from civilian physical therapy. Farrokhhi is co-author of the article "The Influence of Active, Passive, and Manual Therapy Interventions for Low Back Pain on Opioid Prescription and Health Care Utilization."

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Alan M. Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is editor-in-chief of PTJ: Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal.

Shawn Farrokhi, PT, DPT, PhD, is a professor of physical therapy, Department of Physical Therapy, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Chapman University.

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