Lower Back Pain

“Effect of upper-extremity Strengthening Exercises on the Lumbar Strength, Disability and Pain of Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain: A randomised controlled study”

Find the article HERE: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5721192/

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common chronic orthopaedic conditions that pose a great public health issue.

One of the major causes of LBP is weakness of the spinal muscular kinetic chain. Most LBP rehabilitation programs only focus on the lower back and strengthening of the the core muscles.

In this study it highlights the importance of rehabilitating the whole spinal musculature chain as a unit and adding upper back (rhomboids, traps and the thoracic region of the erector spinae) strengthening exercises to the LBP rehabilitation program.

The spinal musculature, such as the erector spinae runs along the whole back, and therefore strengthening the whole muscle would postively influence the kinetic chain.

In conclusion combining lumbar stabilisation and thoracic mobilisation and strengthen of the whole spinal chain would lead to pain relief and better patient functionality!