PAIN, RANGE OF MOTION AND BACK STRENGTH IN CHRONIC MECHANICAL LOW BACK PAIN BEFORE & AFTER LUMBAR MOBILISATIONJournal: International Journal of Physiotherapy and Research (IJPR) (Vol.01, No. 3)
Author(s) : Yogita Verma, Manu Goyal, Dr. Narkeesh
Page : 48 - 57
Keywords : LOW BACK PAIN; JOINT MOBILIZATION; AND STRENGTH
Background: Joint mobilisations in the spine are used as an integral part of the treatment and rehabilitation to alleviate pain and reduce stiffness. Mobilisation has also been used to improve muscle strength as d escribed in the literature. However, there is dearth of data exploring the effect of mobilisation on muscle stre ngth in CLBP. Purpose: To investigate the effects of lumbar mobilisation on pain, range of motion and back strength chroni c mechanical low back pain patients. Materials and Methods: Thirty subjects with chronic back pain partici- pated in the randomized clinical trial. The effects of lumbar mobilisation & exercises were compared with the exercises alone. Pain levels were measured using visual analog scale, lumbar extension range of moti on using modified Schobers test and strength by back-leg-chest dynamometer. Measurements were done before & a fter 2 and 4 weeks respectively. Results: A significantly greater improvement in pain (p=0.001); ROM (p=0.002); strength (p=0.001) after 4 weeks in experimental group than the control group. Conclusion: This study there- fore provides experimental evidence to support the use of lumbar mobilization along with the exercis es for the management of patients with chronic mechanical low back pain, who responded favourably to the interv en- tion.