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An aerobic walking programme versus muscle strengthening programme for chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trial.
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PMID:  22850802     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objective:To assess the effect of aerobic walking training as compared to active training, which includes muscle strengthening, on functional abilities among patients with chronic low back pain.Design:Randomized controlled clinical trial with blind assessors.Setting:Outpatient clinic.Subjects:Fifty-two sedentary patients, aged 18-65 years with chronic low back pain. Patients who were post surgery, post trauma, with cardiovascular problems, and with oncological disease were excluded.Intervention:Experimental 'walking' group: moderate intense treadmill walking; control 'exercise' group: specific low back exercise; both, twice a week for six weeks.Main measures:Six-minute walking test, Fear-Avoidance Belief Questionnaire, back and abdomen muscle endurance tests, Oswestry Disability Questionnaire, Low Back Pain Functional Scale (LBPFS).Results:Significant improvements were noted in all outcome measures in both groups with non-significant difference between groups. The mean distance in metres covered during 6 minutes increased by 70.7 (95% confidence interval (CI) 12.3-127.7) in the 'walking' group and by 43.8 (95% CI 19.6-68.0) in the 'exercise' group. The trunk flexor endurance test showed significant improvement in both groups, increasing by 0.6 (95% CI 0.0-1.1) in the 'walking' group and by 1.1 (95% CI 0.3-1.8) in the 'exercise' group.Conclusions:A six-week walk training programme was as effective as six weeks of specific strengthening exercises programme for the low back.
Ilana Shnayderman; Michal Katz-Leurer
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-31
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Title:  Clinical rehabilitation     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1477-0873     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Rehabil     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
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Created Date:  2012-8-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8802181     Medline TA:  Clin Rehabil     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1Department of Physiotherapy, Maccabi Healthcare Services in Lod, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
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