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Table 2 Baseline demographics for both groups

From: The effectiveness of motorised lumbar traction in the management of LBP with lumbo sacral nerve root involvement: a feasibility study

  LT group (n = 16 MT group (n = 14)
Age (Mean, SD) 45.25 (7.99) 42.79 (12.09)
Gender (%, N)   
   Male 37.5 (6) 42.9 (6)
   Female 62.5 (10) 57.1 (8)
Employment (%, N)   
In paid employment 68.8 (11) 78.6 (11)
Not in paid employment 31.5 (5) 21.4 (3)
Job description (%, N)   
Heavy manual work 25 (4) 35.7 (5)
Light work – desk/supervisory 31.3 (5) 28.6 (4)
Homemaker 1.8 (3) 21.4 (3)
Professional 12.5 (2) 7.1 (1)
Retired 6.3 (1) 7.1 (1)
Incapacity benefit 6.3 (1) 0
Sick leave from work (%, N)   
Not applicable 31.5 (5) 14.3 (2)
At work 43.8 (7) 42.9 (6)
Off work due to LBP 25 (4) 42.9 (6)
Weeks duration of LBP (Median, IQR) 6.5 (4.8) 6 (4)
Number of episodes of LBP in the past year (%, N)   
None 81.3 (13 42.9 (6)
1–3 6.3 (1) 42.9 (6)
Constant LBP 12.5 (2) 14.3 (2)
Number of months since last episode of LBP (%, N)   
No episodes 81.3 (13) 35.7 (5)
3–6 months 0 35.7 (5)
7–12 months 6.3 (1) 7.1 (1)
>1 year 0 7.1 (1)
Constant LBP 12.5 (2) 14.3 (2)
Previous treatment for LBP (%, N)   
Yes 12.5 (2) 14.3 (2)
No 50 (8) 50 (8)
Not applicable 37.5 (6) 28.6 (4)
Participation in physical activity (%, N) 62.5 (10) 35.7 (5)
Continued with activity since onset of this episode (%, N) 18.6 (3) 21.4 (3)
Smoker (%, N)   
Current smoker 25 (4) 28.6 (4)
Past smoker 6.3 (1) 21.4 (3)
None smoker 68.8 (11) 50 (7)
Neurological/Neurodynamic changes (%, N)   
Reflex – reduced/absent 18.8 (3) 35.7 (5)
Muscle power – reduced/absent 37.5 (6) 50 (7)
Sensation – decreased/hypersensitive 18.8 (3) 28.6 (4)
SLR – restricted and reproducing leg pain 100 (16) 78.6 (11)
Crossed SLR 6.3 (1) 21.4 (3)
Outcome measures (Median, IQR)   
RMDQ 10 (4.5) 11.5 (8.5)
MPQ-PRI 20.5 (9) 29 (20)
ALBPSQ 104 (42.5) 112 (49)
SF36 Physical component score (PCS) 31 (3.6) 36.1 (23.4)
SF36 Mental component score (MCS) 46.5 (17.2) 47.3 (21.3)
VAS back pain 5 (4.5) 5 (4.5)
VAS leg pain 7 (3.5) 5.6 (3.5)