Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Health Sciences (M.H.S.)

Degree Program

Health Professions

First Advisor

Brian Curry

Second Advisor

Arthur Schwarcz

Third Advisor

Tim Strickler


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of lumbar facet joint dysfunction on individual trunk movement characteristics, as measured by computerized range of motion testing on asymptomatic subjects. A sample of 40 subjects was examined for lumbar facet joint dysfunction via palpatory exam and placed into two groups. Group one consisted of subjects with 0-2 levels of lumbar facet joint dysfunction. Group 2 consisted of subjects with greater than 2 levels of lumbar facet joint dysfunction. Each performed all planes of trunk range of motion without resistance and at 25% of their maximal isometric strength. The null hypothesis tested for no difference in trunk movement characteristics between the two groups. The mean values for trunk movement were analyzed using a nonindependent sample t test; the null hypothesis was accepted at the.05 level.


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