|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 93-96
Segmental stabilization exercises can improve chronic low back pain
Iftenaz Begum1, Muhammad Junaid Ijaz Gondal1, Muhammad Mustafa Qamar2, Muhammad Shahid Javed3, Akhtar Rasul2, Ayesha Basharat2
1 Department of Physiotherapy, Mayo Hospital, KEMU, Lahore, Pakistan
2 Department of Physiotherapy, Sargodha Medical College, UOS, Sargodha, Pakistan
3 Department of Physiology, Sargodha Medical College, UOS, Sargodha, Pakistan
|Date of Web Publication||16-Oct-2018|
Muhammad Mustafa Qamar
Department of Physiotherapy, Sargodha Medical College, UOS, Sargodha
Objectives: The main focus of the current study was to compare the two exercise program, segmental stabilization and strengthening of abdominal and trunk muscles on functional disability in adults with chronic low back pain (CLBP).
Materials and Methods: In a randomized controlled trial, fifty patients were randomly selected. Group A patients were treated with segmental stabilization and Group B patients were treated by abdominal and trunk muscles strengthening.
Results: Patients in Group A showed marked improvement than patients in Group B (>0.05). Group A patients who were treated with segmental stabilization showed more significant results than Group B who were treated with abdominal and trunk muscles strengthening in improving disability and pain in CLBP (>0.05).
Conclusion: It is concluded from the study that segmental stabilization in patients with CLBP is a significant treatment outcome on numeric rating pain Scale and Oswestry disability index.
الأهداف: الغرض الأساسي من هذه الدراسة هو اجراء مقارنة بين برنامجين من التمارين: تمارين تثبيت الفقرات وتمارين تقوية عضلات البطن واثراهما على دم في البالغين الذين يعانون من الألآم الظهر المزمنة في أسفل الظهر.
المواد والطرق: هذه دراسة عشوائية محكومة تم خلالها تجنيد خمسين من المرضى اختيروا بطريقة عشوائية وقسموا الى مجموعتين: المجموعة أ: وتم علاجهم بتثبت الجزئي للفقرات والمجموعة ب تم علاجهم بتمارين تقوية عضلات البطن والجذع.
النتائج: أظهر المرضى في المجموعة (أ) تحسنا ملحوظا بالمقارنة للمرضى في المجموعة ب (> 0.05). وأظهر مرضى المجموعة أ الذين عولجوا بتثبيت قطعي نتائج أكثر أهمية من المجموعة ب الذين عولجوا بتمارين عضلات البطن والجذع في تحسين الإعاقة والألم في CLBPاسفل الظهر (> 0.05).
الخلاصة: خلصنا من الدراسة إلى أن التثبيت الجزئي في المرضى الذين يعانون من الم أسفل الظهر هو نتيجة علاجية هامة في مؤشر العجز في مقياس الالم والعجز Oswestry.
Keywords: Low back pain, muscle strengthening, Oswestry disability index, segmental stabilization
|How to cite this article:|
Begum I, Ijaz Gondal MJ, Qamar MM, Javed MS, Rasul A, Basharat A. Segmental stabilization exercises can improve chronic low back pain. Saudi J Sports Med 2018;18:93-6
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Begum I, Ijaz Gondal MJ, Qamar MM, Javed MS, Rasul A, Basharat A. Segmental stabilization exercises can improve chronic low back pain. Saudi J Sports Med [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Jul 3];18:93-6. Available from: http://www.sjosm.org/text.asp?2018/18/2/93/243354
| Introduction|| |
Low back pain (LBP) is the second frequent source of disability in the US. According to a report, 0.15 billion workdays/year are wasted due to LBP. It costs about billion dollars annually. Over 80% of the people experience an episode of back pain at some part of their lives. LBP reported clinically to be short duration with almost 95% of patients getting better after a short duration of symptoms appearance. Few of these patients, however, reported not to feel better and suffered from chronic low backache (i.e., chronic mean; pain that lasts for >3 months). Repeated episodes of low backache were also common with a different ratio as ranges from 20% to 44% episode within a year, especially in those with work-related, and this episodic recurrence may range up to 85% throughout life course after the onset. Lower backache that is lasting for >12 weeks is called chronic LBP (CLBP). Chronic low backache may arise from any injury, either stresses on different parts of the body or from different diseases.
Global and local muscle plays a vital role in stability and functioning of the back. Global muscles are dynamic and phasic in nature, which includes rectus abdominis, thoracic part of lumbar iliocostalis, and external oblique. These muscles bridge the pelvis and thoracic cage and provide general stabilization during movement. Whereas, the local muscles (postural, tonic) are attached the lumbar vertebrae and provides lumber segments segmental stability during movement.,
Various methods are used for the treatment of LBP which includes rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Kinesio taping, and electrotherapeutic modalities. CLBP patients are challenged by independent training, despite the existence of various core strength training strategies. There has no standardized system been established for comparing and analyzing the result of core muscles strength training and a typical resistance training. There is an evidence to suggest that core stabilization exercise programs can reduce the recurrence of LBP. Exercises for lumbar segmental stability are planned for NM control and stability (both gross and segmental), not only for lower back muscles but also for the whole spine. The main focus of training involves NM control program was to improve spinal segment stability using control of posture, rhythmical stabilization exercises, transverse abdominis (TrA), and concurrent activation of multifidi segmental muscle. Several studies show the effect of exercise on the lumbar spinal instability and CLBP, but only the clinical symptoms are studied by these researchers, and the results of these studies were not proved by objective measurements up to now. Best clinical protocol integrates both segmental stabilization and superficial muscle strengthening makes difficult to abstract the efficiency of the specific approach. There is very large clinical need and importance to isolate the effectiveness of both strategies through research. For that reason in the study, we compare stabilization exercises and strengthening exercises of low back as well as abdominal muscles in chronic low backache.
There is a large clinical need and importance to isolate the effectiveness of both strategies through research. For that reason, a study was conducted to compare the effectiveness of segmental stabilization and abdominal and trunk muscle strengthening in the treatment of CLBP.
| Materials and Methods|| |
It was an interventional study. Data were collected after getting the approval from local ethical committee according to the Helsinki Declaration. A total of fifty patients were taken for this study, and the patients were divided into two groups randomly. Group A was treated with segmental stabilization exercises which include strengthening of transversus abdominis, lumbar multifidus, and pelvic muscles, and Group B were treated by strengthening of abdominal and trunk muscles which included external and internal oblique, spinal, latissimus, and rectus abdominal muscles. Patients were given precautionary measures and exercises for low back stiffness, pain, and strength. Patients were assessed on following these steps and finding would be noted on pro forma. A detailed history of the patients was obtained to rule out any active pathology and other causes of included systemic illness.
The pain was measured by visual analog scale (VAS) and backache by the Oswestry disability index (ODI) before the treatment and after 2 weeks at last session of treatment. The patients had followed up for 2 weeks having 4 sessions, 2 sessions in a week; each session was lasting for 30 min. All exercise session was performed under the supervision of a physical therapist, and they were strict to report any problem or issue regarding training program and or symptoms. All individuals included in the study were instructed not to participate in any other physical program during the study and not to do exercises at home. At the end of the 2nd-week, improvement of pain was measured by VAS and disability by ODI.
Data analysis was carried out by SPSS version 17.0 (SPSS for Windows, SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA). Frequency tables and percentage were used for descriptive analysis. Independent t-test was used to assess the effectiveness and comparison of treatments in LBP. The P < 0.05 will be considered as statistically significant.
| Results|| |
There were total 50 patients in both groups, the mean age of patients of both groups was 39 ± 11.343 years [Figure 1]a. The most participants were female [Figure 1]b. After the treatment, Group A shows marked improvement in pain than Group B [Figure 2].
There was 90% improvement in ODI score in Group A. In Group B, approximately 80% improvement was seen in the mean score of ODI [Figure 3]. Likewise, marked improvement in flexion range of motion was seen in Group A (segmental stabilization group) and Group B (muscle strengthening group) [Figure 4].
|Figure 3: Oswestry disability Index score at baseline and poststudy in both groups|
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| Discussion|| |
The main focus was to examine the effect of segmental stabilization and strengthening (abdominal and back muscles) on CLBP. Ferreira et al. recommended that abdominal exercises improved preactivation of muscles in case of CLBP, which prepared for load bearing. For improvement, SS techniques provide remarkable improvement in pain (99% when it is measured by the VAS and 90% when measured by McGill questionnaire), and the functional disability is improved by 90%. The technique used in segmental stabilization group focused two muscles, which may consider prime causes of a low backache that is why it gives a better result., The patients involved in the muscle strengthening group were asked to perform strengthening exercises of superficial muscles of the lower trunk. There were significant functional capacity improvements and pain relief in the patients included in ST group, compatible with the previous studies as well.
Nahhas Rodacki et al. suggested that improved abdominal muscle strength improves low back pain as pressure on intervertebral disks decreased. However, no improvement inactivation capacity of TrA was observed. CLBP occurs most frequently during third and fourth decades of life and affects persons of all occupations and activity levels. For both groups, the mean age is 39.00 ± 11.343 years. The minimum age was 18 years in both groups, and the maximum age was 60 years. The study comprises of 40 female patients and 10 male patients. Difficulties were faced in receiving active participation of male patients; moreover, difficulties were seen when ascertaining the true prevalence of CLBP because it is frequently puzzled with other conditions.
According to Bergmark both superficial and deep muscular system are important. Deep muscles form the local systems that are directly involved with joints, and on strengthening these muscles, by avoiding articular micro movements stabilized the segments. Normally, no joint movements are performed by these muscles, which make their contractions intricate and condition getting worse by pain in the low back area. Secondarily, superficial muscles of trunk not only support spinal cord but also helped in lessen compressional forces on vertebrae. Mainly, the superficial muscles control and generate gross movements of lower back, and they rarely provide/helped in segmental stability. Many studies are performed in determining the effect of segmental stabilization on CLBP as well as there are many studies on abdominal muscles strengthening in the effectiveness of CLBP. Some other studies which include strengthening of superficial low back muscles in CLBP are performed.
Multiple studies show that stabilization programs for the lumbar region are superior to the generalized programs for patients with CLBP. Not only activation of core muscles is increased by core stabilization program but also it increases core muscle endurance. There is an evidence to suggest that the recurrence of low backache can be reduced with segmental stabilization exercise programs. In addition, improving core strength has been shown to help prevent injury.
| Conclusion|| |
In individuals with CLBP, segmental stabilization exercises excellently reduced the pain in patients and functional disability.
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