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Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2008 Jul 15;33(16):E532-8. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31817dfd9a.

Motor control learning in chronic low back pain.

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Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK. marianne_magnusson5@hotmail.com

Abstract

STUDY DESIGN:

A randomized prospective cohort study of participants with chronic low back pain, seeking physical therapy, with follow-up at weeks 6 and 28. Effects of conventional physiotherapy and physiotherapy with the addition of postural biofeedback were compared.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the benefits of postural biofeedback in chronic low back pain participants.

SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA:

Biofeedback using electromyographic signals has been used in chronic low back pain with mixed results. Postural feedback had not been previously used.

METHODS:

Demographic and psychological baseline data along with range of motion were analyzed from a sample of 47 chronic participants with low back pain randomized into conventional physiotherapy with or without the addition of postural biofeedback.

RESULTS:

After 6 months, there were 21 dropouts. The participants with biofeedback had markedly improved status in visual analog pain scales, short form-36, and range of motion.

CONCLUSION:

The study strongly suggests that postural feedback is a useful adjunct to conventional physiotherapy of chronic low back pain participants.

PMID:
18628693
DOI:
10.1097/BRS.0b013e31817dfd9a
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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