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Lower Back Pain While Standing

Identifying clinical exercise tests that can predict nursing and physical therapy students that develop temporary low back pain during prolonged standing.

Research Objectives

Low back pain is the number one disability in the world with higher rates among nurses and physical therapist than the general population. Identifying health care professionals at higher risk for developing a 1st incident of low back pain is an important first step for reducing their low back pain risk.

We are seeking healthy nursing and physical therapy students to participant in a study that involves 2 testing sessions and 4 short electronic surveys over a 2-year time frame. If you decide to participate you will be asked perform movements similar to those you would do in a normal exercise program during the 1st 1 hour session and complete 2 surveys on emotional health and activity level. You will be asked to complete a second 2-hour session of standing and performing routine tasks.

Information for Research Subjects Eligibility

The criteria that will be used to determine eligibility for the study are:

  • You are between the ages of 18-35
  • You are a nursing or physical therapy student
  • You are able to stand for 2 hours
  • You DO NOT have a history of low back pain where you sought medical care or resulted in 3 days of missed work or recreational activities
  • You DO NOT have current leg or hip injury or history of spine or hip surgery


You will receive $10.00 following session 1 and $20.00 following session 2.


Testing will take place at one of the following two places that is most convenient to you:
  1. Drexel University’s Center City Campus, 1601 Cherry Street, 2nd floor of the 3 Parkway Building
  2. University of the Sciences, Samson College, 4500 Woodland Ave, Philadelphia, PA

This research is approved by the Drexel Institutional and University of the Sciences Review Boards.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact:
Eric Folkins, PT, DPT, (215) 596-7086, or email:

This research is conducted by a researcher who is an employee of Drexel University.