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Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2006 Jul;85(7):607-13.

Aerobic fitness in women with chronic discogenic nonradicular low back pain.

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  • 1Women's Sports Medicine Program/Sports Medicine Center, Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to determine if aerobic fitness varies between women with and without chronic discogenic non-radicular low back pain.

DESIGN:

Prospective cross-sectional descriptive study.

RESULTS:

: Analysis of variance revealed that maximal oxygen consumption was lower (P = 0.05) in women with low back pain compared with the control group. In addition, there was a significant reduction (P = 0.05) in reported exercise training duration and frequency but no change in exercise intensity (P = 0.1) in the study group after the onset of low back pain. The low back pain group had minimal disability (19%) based on the Oswestry Disability Questionnaire.

CONCLUSIONS:

Women with chronic discogenic non-radicular low back pain have lower maximal oxygen consumption than age-matched controls. However, this study group continued to exercise safely at the same exercise training intensity as before their low back pain and had minimal disability and above-average aerobic fitness.

PMID:
16788392
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