Publication Date

Spring 5-13-2023

Document Type

Student Project

First Advisor

Blackshak, M.J.

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)


School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders


Many young adults who are in college often struggle with maintaining their physical well-being and thus encounter severe-moderate lower back pain (LBP). In this project, a research development plan was created that will test the effectiveness of utilizing physical therapy (PT) to treat and or prevent LBP. The scope includes using standard PT techniques to evaluate students who may be struggling with LBP and teach them different measures to help themselves. The limit of the project is that the hypothesis will only be tested on Northern Illinois University (NIU) students, so results may vary for larger populations. A survey will be carried out to test results and the data will be analyzed to show how LBP affects students, if they would be willing to try PT, and if PT was successful after some time has passed. The significance of this work is extremely important in the physical therapy field because there will be further exposure, more people will receive help and it will be beneficial for future research.