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Effect of Mechanical Low Back Pain on Postural Balance and Fall Risk


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1 Faculty of Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Department for Musculoskeletal Disorders, Cairo University
2 Physical Therapy Department for Basic Sciences, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University
     

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Objective: To evaluate the effect of mechanical low back pain on postural balance and fall risk.

Materials and Method: This study was conducted on 20 mechanical low back pain (MLBP) subjects compared with 20 norms using the Biodex Balance System to evaluate balance as the dependent variable including postural stability, fall risk and limits of stability.

Result: There were significantly differences between both groups in the postural stability test (p=0.0008), fall risk test (p=0.0093) and limits of stability test (p= 0.0001) revealing the increase in fall risk with MLBP.

Conclusion: It could be concluded that balance exercises are essential and should be considered during rehabilitation of LBP patients.


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Low Back Pain, Fall Risk, Balance, Biodex
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Authors

M. M. Ibrahim
Faculty of Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Department for Musculoskeletal Disorders, Cairo University
T. M. Shousha
Faculty of Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Department for Musculoskeletal Disorders, Cairo University
M. S. Alayat
Physical Therapy Department for Basic Sciences, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University

Abstract


Objective: To evaluate the effect of mechanical low back pain on postural balance and fall risk.

Materials and Method: This study was conducted on 20 mechanical low back pain (MLBP) subjects compared with 20 norms using the Biodex Balance System to evaluate balance as the dependent variable including postural stability, fall risk and limits of stability.

Result: There were significantly differences between both groups in the postural stability test (p=0.0008), fall risk test (p=0.0093) and limits of stability test (p= 0.0001) revealing the increase in fall risk with MLBP.

Conclusion: It could be concluded that balance exercises are essential and should be considered during rehabilitation of LBP patients.


Keywords


Low Back Pain, Fall Risk, Balance, Biodex

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