Study Design: A reliability study.
Main Outcome Measures: Percentage correct responses from both practitioners represented as a Kappa score.
Results: This project involved two groups of patients, 28 with lower back pain (LBP) and 56 with no LBP. Two examiners (named Ex1 and Ex2 in this report) tested various muscles independently on the two groups, assigning each as either weak (W) or strong (S). The Hamstring muscle group had an agreement of 69.6%; Gluteus Maximus had 75.6%; Gluteus Medius 77.5%; Psoas 83.9%; Tensor Fascia Lata (TFL) 76.8%; and Rectus Femoris had an agreement of 90.5%.
Conclusions: Manual muscle testing showed fair to substantial agreement between examiners however more research is needed to determine the validity of its use in the detection of low back pain.
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