Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2015, Page: 13-17
Evaluation of Specific Spinal Segmental Stabilizing Exercises in the Treatment of Antenatal Low Back Pain
Fayiz El-Shamy, Department of Physical Therapy for Women’s Health, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Kafelsheikh University, Kafelsheikh, Egypt
Received: Jan. 17, 2015;       Accepted: Jan. 29, 2015;       Published: Feb. 10, 2015
DOI: 10.11648/j.jgo.20150301.13      View  2620      Downloads  158
Aims: To investigate the effect of specific lumbar stabilizing exercises on relieving antenatal low back pain. Study design: A randomized clinical controlled trial. Place and Duration of study: Department of Obstetrics (antenatal clinic), Kafelsheikh general hospital - Kafelsheikh, between October 2014 and January 2015. Methodology: Twenty pregnant women (age 20-25 years) at 20-24 weeks gestation, clinically diagnosed with low back pain and divided into 2 equal groups (A&B). Patients in group A were treated by lumbar stabilizing exercises for 12 weeks, patients in group B without any treatment. Low back pain intensity and spine flexibility were measured by mean of a 100-mm horizontal visual analogue scale and side bending test before and after the treatment program. Results: Patients in group A showed significant decrease in low back pain intensity (P=0.01) and spine flexibility (P=0.01), while in group B there were significant increase in low back pain intensity (P=0.01) without difference in spine flexibility (Right and Left sides) (P=0.83 and 0.6) at the end of the study. There were no significant differences in low back pain intensity (P=0.82) and spine flexibility (Right and Left sides) (P=0.76 and 0.69) at the beginning of the study. But there were highly significant differences in low back pain intensity (P=0.001) and spine flexibility (Right and Left sides)(P=0.01) at the end of the study between both groups, Conclusion: lumbar stabilizing exercises decrease the pain intensity and increase the lumbar range of motion.
Pregnancy, Low Back Pain, Lumbar Region, Stabilizing Exercises, Lumbar Range of Motion
To cite this article
Fayiz El-Shamy, Evaluation of Specific Spinal Segmental Stabilizing Exercises in the Treatment of Antenatal Low Back Pain, Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2015, pp. 13-17. doi: 10.11648/j.jgo.20150301.13
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