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J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2014 Jan;18(1):68-74. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.05.010. Epub 2013 Jun 5.

Pilates exercises improve low back pain and quality of life in patients with HTLV-1 virus: a randomized crossover clinical trial.

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1
Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, Post-graduation Program on Medicine and Human Health, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, Neuromusculoskeletal Dynamics Research Group, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
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Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, Post-graduation Program on Medicine and Human Health, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; Universidade Federal da Bahia, Biomorphology Department, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, Neuromusculoskeletal Dynamics Research Group, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Electronic address: abrahao.baptista@gmail.com.
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Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, Neuromusculoskeletal Dynamics Research Group, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
4
Instituto Federal de Ciência e Tecnologia do Rio de Janeiro, Paracambi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
5
Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, Multidisciplinary Reference Center for HTLV and Human Retroviruses, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
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Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, Post-graduation Program on Medicine and Human Health, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, Multidisciplinary Reference Center for HTLV and Human Retroviruses, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
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Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, Post-graduation Program on Medicine and Human Health, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, Neuromusculoskeletal Dynamics Research Group, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, Multidisciplinary Reference Center for HTLV and Human Retroviruses, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Low back pain is highly prevalent in patients with HTLV-1. The effects of physical activity on this condition are not known, but postural misalignment and motor deficits are frequently present.

OBJECTIVES:

To assess the effect of Pilates exercises on chronic low back pain in these patients, and its impact on quality of life.

METHODS:

A randomized crossover clinical trial was conducted, involving 22 patients from a reference center in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The VAS was used to evaluate the effect of Pilates on pain intensity and the SF-36 to assess its impact on quality of life.

RESULTS:

Our results provide evidence of positive effects on pain intensity and almost all domains of quality of life when patients followed the Pilates exercise program described.

CONCLUSION:

The Pilates method may be a useful tool in alleviating the symptoms of low back pain, and had a significant impact on quality of life in this sample of patients.

KEYWORDS:

HTLV-1; Low back pain; Pilates exercises; Quality of life

PMID:
24411152
DOI:
10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.05.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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