Low-back pain is a multidimensional problem. Despite the general nature of its cause, therapeutical exercise often proves effective. Our work is based on clinical and instrumental assessments, whereby we try to find out the correlations between pain, muscular activity of the trunk and disability in patients affected by chronic low back pain. We selected ten males suffering from chronic low back pain and using an ergometer and surface electromiography (BTS) we tested the flexor and extensor muscles of the trunk during the performance of isometric contractions. After four weeks of kinesitherapy, the results showed a significant functional improvement of both the flexor and the extensor muscles of the trunk. The patients' individual satisfaction in connection with regression (40% of cases) and the full disappearance of pain and disability (60% of cases) was measured using the Backill Scale. Notwithstanding the small number and the specificity of the patients submitted to the treatment, the suggested method for assessment might be also extended to structural low back pathologies for the purpose of helping the rehabilitation operators to select the most suitable therapeutic programme.
|Translated title of the contribution||Multidimensional assessment of patients suffering from chronic low-back pain|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|
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