Lumbar Extensor Exercises Improve Chronic Back Pain
A recent study showed that lumbar exercises improved function in a group of men when done once a week for ten weeks. The benefits lasted at least 6 months. The patients has chronic nonspecific low back pain and had MRI’s of the lumbar spine. Function was measured by questionnaire and a patient specific scale. Repeat MRI did not show a change in the muscles of the low back after the exercise program. It is encouraging that improvement was achieved with a simple cost effective method.
I utilize physical therapy and exercise when appropriate in patient care. This is a portion of the comprehensive care offered at our northshore clinic.
Spine, December 15, 2012