BALANCE CONTROL AND POSTURE ARE IMPEDED IN PEOPLE WITH LOW BACK PAIN

A new investigation in the journal Spine concludes that individuals with low back pain (LBP) have inhibited balance control and spinal motion, compared with pain-free people.

According to the report “response to a sudden load imposed by a weight dropped into a box held in the hands was studied in 11 individuals with chronic LBP and matched controls. Lumbopelvic motion was recorded with an electromagnetic motion analysis system. Time to recover balance was calculated from ground reaction forces.”

Participants with LBP had delayed lumbar spine flexion. It also took them longer to regain postural stability.

Source:
Spine – January 1, 2011;36:E45-52.

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