Purpose: Identify patients presenting with low back pain who will likely respond favorably to a stabilization exercise program.


1. Age < 40
2. Straight leg raise > 91°
3. Aberrant movement present
4. Positive prone instability test


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1. Hicks GE, Fritz JM, Delitto A, McGill SM. Preliminary Development of a Clinical Prediction Rule for Determining Which Patients With Low Back Pain Will Respond to a Stabilization Exercise Program. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2005; 86(9): 1753–1762.

2. Rabin A, Shashua A, Pizem K, Dickstein R, Dar G. A Clinical Prediction Rule to Identify Patients With Low Back Pain Who Are Likely to Experience Short-Term Success Following Lumbar Stabilization Exercises: A Randomized Controlled Validation Study. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 2014; 44(1): 6–18, B1–13.

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