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J Int Med Res. 2013 Feb;41(1):146-52. doi: 10.1177/0300060513475383. Epub 2013 Jan 23.

Pelvic floor muscle exercise for chronic low back pain.

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Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Pudong New District Gongli Hospital, Shanghai, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the effect of pelvic floor muscle exercise in patients with chronic low back pain.

METHODS:

Adults (aged ≥ 18 years) with chronic low back pain (with or without radiculopathy) were randomized to undergo either routine treatment (ultrasonography, short wave diathermy and lumbar strengthening exercises; control group) or routine treatment with pelvic floor exercises (intervention group) for 24 weeks. Pain, disability (Oswestry Disability Index [ODI] score) and trunk muscle function were assessed at baseline and after completion of treatment.

RESULTS:

The study included 47 patients (control group n = 24; intervention group n = 23). Pain severity and ODI scores were significantly lower in the intervention group than in the control group after 24 weeks. There were no significant between-group differences in trunk muscle function.

CONCLUSION:

Pelvic floor exercise in combination with routine treatment provides significant benefits in terms of pain relief and disability over routine treatment alone.

PMID:
23569140
DOI:
10.1177/0300060513475383
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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