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Motor skills training in individuals with low back pain

A way to reduce pain and positively affect lumbar movement patterns?

Individuals with low back pain (LBP) frequently present with altered movement patterns, such as increased initiating movements through the lumbar spine. The findings of this study suggest that training individuals with LBP to alter their movement pattern can dramatically reduce their pain and alter their lumbar movement pattern.

Following the training, those with LBP demonstrated a significant decrease in their early-phase lumbar excursion, similar to the baseline of those with healthy backs.

Furthermore, of the 42% of the participants with LBP who initially reported increased pain during the PUO test, 91% of them reported they no longer experienced an increase in pain with the test following motor skills training.

This study suggests that a single session of motor skills training for individuals with LBP can provide an immediate short-term reduction in pain and positive changes to lumbar spine movement patterns.

> From: Marich et al., Phys Ther 98 (2018) 605-6015 . All rights reserved to American Physical Therapy Association. Click here for the online summary.

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