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Management of recurrent sub-acute low back pain

Comparison of the effect of specific movement control exercise and general exercise

A major challenge in treating non-specific LBP is the heterogeneity of the patients. The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of specific movement control exercise combined with manual therapy to general exercise and manual therapy. It was found that both interventions led to a significant improvement (i.e. reduction in disability), with the effect of specific movement control exercise being significantly greater than the effect of general exercise.

The study suggest that both interventions reduce disability and improve function. The combination of SMCE and manual therapy had a significantly greater reduction in disability at both three months and twelve months follow up. Patients in both groups improved significantly. A combination of SMCE and manual therapy may be more effective than combined GE and manual therapy in subjects with non-specific recurrent sub-acute LBP and MCI.

> From: Lehtola et al., BMC Musculoskelet Disord 17 (2016-04-06 06:26:05) 135 . All rights reserved to The Author(s). Click here for the online summary. Translation by Jens Erik Jørgensen

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