The effect of the muscle endurance training on the chronic low back pain

Günay S., Yildirim Y., KARADİBAK D.

Fizyoterapi Rehabilitasyon, vol.25, no.1, pp.28-34, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.7603/s40680-014-0004-y
  • Journal Name: Fizyoterapi Rehabilitasyon
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.28-34
  • Keywords: Endurance training, Exercise, Fatigue, Low back pain
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Purpose: To compare two different exercises programs in the treatment of chronic low back pain. Methods: This study was performed with 63 patients with chronic low back pain. The control group consisted of 32 patients. Classical Strength Exercises (CSE) consisting of stretching and strengthening exercises were applied to the control group. The experimental group consisted of 31 patients. Muscle Endurance Training (MET) consisting of warm-up, endurance exercises and cool down were applied on the experimental group. At the end of the treatment session, a hot-pack was applied to the patients in both of the groups. Postural education and back care advice were also given. Patients attended a therapy program 3 days a week for 6 weeks. The disability, pain and muscle endurance were assessed in the 1st, 3rd and 6 th weeks. Results: The 6th week measurement of disability was lower in the MET group than that of the CSE group (p<0.05). There was no significant difference in the VAS score and abdominal muscle endurance. In the 3rd and 6th week, back muscle endurance time was significantly higher in the MET group than that of the control group (p<0.05). Conclusion: Recent studies show that muscle endurance has a great importance in the prevention of Lower Back Pain (LBP). Therefore in the treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain, muscle endurance exercises that increase the level of endurance should be added to the treatment program.