Effects of the CORE exercise program on pain and active range of motion in patients with chronic low back pain

Hwi Young Cho, Eun Hye Kim, Junesun Kim, Eun Hye Kim

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to identify the effects of the CORE exercise program on pain and active range of motion (AROM) in patients with chronic low back pain. Subjects and Methods: Thirty subjects with chronic low back pain were randomly allocated to two groups: the CORE group (n = 15) and the control group (n = 15). The CORE group performed the CORE exercise program for 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week, for 4 weeks, while the control group did not perform any exercise. The visual analog scale (VAS) and an algometer were used to measure pain, and pain-free AROM in the trunk was measured before and after the intervention. Results: The CORE group showed significantly decreased VAS scores at rest and during movement and had a significantly increased pressure pain threshold in the quadratus lumborum and AROM in the trunk compared with those in the control group. Conclusion: This study demonstrated that the CORE exercise program is effective in decreasing pain and increasing AROM in patients with chronic low back pain. Thus, the CORE exercise program can be used to manage pain and AROM in patients with chronic low back pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1237-1240
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Therapy Science
Volume26
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Active range of motion (AROM)
  • CORE exercise program
  • Chronic low back pain (CLBP)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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