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J Phys Ther Sci. 2015 Aug;27(8):2665-6. doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.2665. Epub 2015 Aug 21.

Effect of thoracic movement-mediated training on back pain and trunk range of motion in a patient with lower back pain.

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Department of Physical Therapy, College of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Inje University, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

[Purpose] We explored the effect of thoracic movement-mediated training (TMMT) on back pain and trunk range of motion (ROM) in a lower back pain (LBP) patient with lumbar flexion rotation syndrome. [Subject] A 55-year-old male LBP patient with lumbar flexion rotation syndrome. [Methods] The subject underwent TMMT, consisting of two thoracic stretching exercises and three thoracic muscle-strengthening exercises, supervised by a physical therapist. [Results] After training, trunk ROM increased and the visual analog scale (VAS) score of back pain decreased. [Conclusion] Therapists should consider substituting thoracic spine movements for lumbar spine movements to prevent excessive lumbar movement and pain in LBP patients with lumbar flexion rotation syndrome.

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Low back pain; Lumbar flexion rotation syndrome; Trunk ROMs

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