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Low Back Pain: Movement Considerations for Exercise and Training

Hanney, William J. PT, DPT, PhD, CSCS1; Pabian, Patrick S. PT, DPT, CSCS1; Smith, Matthew T. MD2; Patel, Chetan K. MD2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2013 - Volume 35 - Issue 4 - p 99–106
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31829d125a
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ABSTRACT: LOW BACK PAIN (LBP) IS A COMMON CONDITION FOR WHICH INDIVIDUALS SEEK CARE. THE ASSOCIATED PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS OFTEN PERSIST BEYOND DISCHARGE FROM MEDICAL CARE, AND MANY OF THESE INDIVIDUALS WILL SEEK ADVICE FROM STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO MANAGE PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH LBP, A TRAINING PROGRAM THAT SERVES THE PURPOSE OF IMPROVING SPINAL CONDITIONING WHILE AVOIDING THE EXACERBATION AND RECURRENCE OF SYMPTOMS IS IDEAL. THEREFORE, THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO EDUCATE THE READER ON COMMON PATHOLOGIES ASSOCIATED WITH LBP AND GENERAL MOVEMENT PATTERNS THAT WOULD PREVENT THE EXACERBATION AND RECURRENCE OF SYMPTOMS.

1Program in Physical Therapy, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida; and

2Spine Health Institute, Florida Hospital Medical Group, Altamonte Springs, Florida

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

William J. Hanney is an assistant professor in the program of physical therapy at the University of Central Florida.

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Patrick S. Pabian is an instructor and academic coordinator of clinical education at the University of Central Florida.

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Matthew T. Smith is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at the Spine Health Institute at Florida Hospital.

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Chetan K. Patel is a spine surgeon at the Spine Health Institute at Florida Hospital.

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