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Lumbar Stabilization

Core Concepts and Current Literature, Part 1

Barr, Karen P., MD; Griggs, Miriam, MD, FAAPMR, PT; Cadby, Todd, MS, PT, ATC

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: June 2005 - Volume 84 - Issue 6 - p 473-480
doi: 10.1097/01.phm.0000163709.70471.42
Invited Review: Spine
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Barr KP, Griggs M, Cadby T: Lumbar stabilization: Core concepts and current literature, part 1. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2005;84:473-480.

The factors that affect lumbar stability have been an area of extensive research. The clinical application of this research in the form of lumbar stabilization exercise programs has become a common treatment of low back pain and is also increasingly used by athletes to improve performance and by the general public for health and the prevention of injury. This article includes a review of the key concepts behind lumbar stabilization. The literature regarding how those with low back pain differ in their ability to stabilize the spine from those without low back pain is discussed, and an overview of current research that assesses the benefits of a lumbar stabilization program to treat low back pain is provided.

From the University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seattle, Washington (KPB); the Arizona Center for Spine, Physical Medicine, and Rehabilitation, Scottsdale, Arizona (MG); and Rebound Physical Therapy, Scottsdale, Arizona (TC).

All correspondence and requests for reprints should be addressed to Karen P. Barr, MD, University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1959 Northeast Pacific Street, Box 356490, Seattle, WA 98195-6490.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.