Oswestry Disability Index

The Oswestry Disability Index assesses how much lower back pain affects a patient’s daily activities. It is different from other outcome-based tests, where the highest score is the highest score.

According to the following scoring criteria, disability is measured

0-4: No disability

5-14: Mild Disability

15-24: Moderate disability

25-34: Severe disability

35-50: Completely disabled

You may need to get authorization from insurance companies to create a treatment plan for lower back pain. Physical therapy can also be used to set individual goals for each patient based on their disability index. One of the most important aspects of a physical is that the goals must be measurable

The Oswestry disabled index is tested when preparing an exercise program. A baseline measurement is taken at the start of treatment. Each follow-up visit is recorded with a new score code that is used to set a treatment goal.

Tracking the changes in the total score after each treatment can help you determine if the treatment is working. A decrease of 13 in total score indicates that the treatment is improving a patient’s lower back pain and decreasing their disability.

The results of a physical examination, which is done by a physical therapist using the Oswestry disabled index, and the variety of symptoms can help healthcare providers determine the best treatment for your disability.

No disability:

This condition is not a medical emergency. To stay healthy, you should exercise and lift weights.

Fewer disabilities

It includes conservative measures such as physical therapy, cold or hot therapy, pain medication, and rest to relieve depressive symptoms

Moderate disability:

Moderate disability treatment is more intensive and may include extensive physical therapy services as well as pain management services.

Severe disability:

Medical intervention may be necessary for severe disabilities. This could include surgery, pain management measures, and adoption equipment such as wheelchairs or caretakers.


This condition can lead to bed-bound patients or others who are exaggerating or being bed-bound. A caretaker is required to help with daily tasks and self-care

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