Exercise, counseling cut days off from back pain in recruits

Exercise, counseling cut days off from back pain in recruits
Neuromuscular exercise and counseling decrease the number of days off due to low back pain among young men serving in the military, according to a study published in the March 1 issue of Spine.

(HealthDay)—Neuromuscular exercise and counseling decrease the number of days off due to low back pain (LBP) among young men serving in the military, according to a study published in the March 1 issue of Spine.

Jaana H. Suni, P.T., Ph.D., from the UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research in Tampere, Finland, and colleagues prospectively assessed baseline incidence of different categories of LBP in successive cohorts of 719 conscripts from four companies for six months prior in the pre-study year. An intervention program was administered that aimed to improve conscripts' control of their lumbar neutral zone and specifically to avoid full lumbar flexion in all daily tasks. During the intervention year, 690 conscripts of two new cohorts from the same companies were followed for six months.

The researchers found that in the intervention companies, the total number and incidence of off-duty days due to LBP were significantly decreased compared with controls (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.42). While not achieving , there was a trend toward decreases in the number of LBP cases, number of visits due to LBP, and number of the most severe cases.

"These findings provide evidence that exercise and education to improve control of the lumbar neutral zone have a prophylactic effect on LPB-related off-duty service days in the military environment when implemented as part of among young healthy men," the authors write.

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Catastrophizing doesn't predict low back pain evolution

Aug 16, 2012

(HealthDay) -- For adult patients with acute or chronic low back pain (LBP), assessing the baseline score for catastrophizing does not help clinicians in routine clinical practice predict the evolution of ...

Pattern of disc degeneration impacts low back pain

Apr 12, 2012

(HealthDay) -- Contiguous, multilevel disc degeneration (CMDD) is associated with increased likelihood of low back pain (LBP) and pain severity compared with skipped level disc degeneration (SLDD), according ...

Self-rated low physical capacity tied to low back pain

Feb 05, 2013

(HealthDay)—Women health care workers who rate their physical capacity as low are significantly more likely to develop non-chronic and persistent low back pain (LBP) compared with those who assess their ...

Recommended for you

Research project puts stroke patients back on their feet

4 minutes ago

Finding the will to exercise routinely can be challenging enough for most people, but a stroke presents even more obstacles. Yet aerobic exercise may be crucial for recovery and reducing the risk of another ...

Air quality and unconventional oil and gas sites

3 hours ago

Research suggesting air pollutants released by unconventional oil and gas production are well over recommended levels in the US is published today in the open access journal Environmental Health. High levels of benzene, hydrog ...

FDA cautions against 'undeclared' food allergens

14 hours ago

(HealthDay)—Some food labels may not reliably list all possible food allergens, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency added that these "undeclared allergens" are the leading cause ...

Polls show deep partisan divide over Affordable Care Act

15 hours ago

A comprehensive analysis of data from 27 public opinion polls conducted by 14 organizations, including a poll in September of those most likely to vote, shows an electorate polarized by political party when it comes to the ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.