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Exercise reduces C-reactive protein and improves physical function in automotive workers with low back pain.
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PMID:  18463969     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Little is known about the effect of exercise on C-reactive protein (CRP) in patients with low back pain (LBP). The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of 8-week exercise intervention on CRP and physical function in automotive workers with LBP. METHODS: Thirteen male workers (40 +/- 6 years) with LBP completed an 8-week multicomponent exercise intervention program which consisted of resistance training, swimming, stretching and hiking. Serum CRP concentration and physical functions were measured at baseline and after 8-week exercise intervention. RESULTS: Compared to baseline, CRP levels decreased by 38% (P = 0.005), back flexibility improved, isokinetic leg strengths increased (all P < 0.05), and back strength tended to increase. CONCLUSIONS: The results of the present study show that CRP levels decrease with exercise in subjects with LBP and physical function improves. This suggests that exercise-related decreases in inflammation in persons with LBP are associated with improvements in physical function.
Sang Kook Kim; Ilho Jung; Jae Hee Kim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-05-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational rehabilitation     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1053-0487     ISO Abbreviation:  J Occup Rehabil     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-15     Completed Date:  2008-09-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9202814     Medline TA:  J Occup Rehabil     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  218-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Education, Sejong University, 98 Gunja-Dong, Gwangjin-Gu, Seoul 143-747, Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Body Composition
C-Reactive Protein / analysis*
Exercise / physiology*
Exercise Therapy
Leg / physiopathology
Low Back Pain / blood*,  physiopathology,  rehabilitation*
Middle Aged
Muscle Strength
Reg. No./Substance:
9007-41-4/C-Reactive Protein

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