Rotation exercise classes did not improve function in women with non-specific chronic low back pain: A randomized single blind controlled study

Yael Segal-Snir, V. Anat Lubetzky, Youssef Masharawi

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Exercise is considered the first line of treatment for people with non-specific chronic low back pain (NSCLBP) but the ideal exercise type is currently unclear. Given the unique anatomical structure of the lower lumbar spine and the lumbosacral junction transverse-plane rotation exercises may be helpful for people suffering from pain in this region. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to examine the effect of spinal rotation exercises delivered in a group format on range of motion, pain level and function parameters in women with NSCLBP. METHODS: This was a randomized controlled single-blinded study. Thirty-five women with NSCLBP, participated in either a bi-weekly rotation exercise classes (n= 20) or a 'wait-list' control group (n = 15). The exercises aimed at improving lumbar mobility in the transverse plane. Pain rated on a Visual Analog Scale, back specific disability (Rolland Morris questionnaire), and lumbar range of motion (flexion, extension and left and right rotation) were taken prior to intervention, immediately following 4 weeks of intervention and 8 weeks later. RESULTS: There were no significant differences for either group (p> 0.05) on all dependent variables at all times of measurements. CONCLUSIONS: A specific group program of rotation exercises had no effect on the functional status, pain level and lumbar range of motion in women with NSCLBP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-475
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 10 2016

Keywords

  • Low back pain
  • Rolland Morris
  • group exercise
  • lumbar rotation
  • rotation exercises
  • visual analog scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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