Journal article

Lumbar extensor muscle force control is associated with disability in people with chronic low back pain

Adrian Pranata, Luke Perraton, Doa El-Ansary, Ross Clark, Karine Fortin, Tim Dettmann, Robert Brandham, Adam Bryant

CLINICAL BIOMECHANICS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The ability to control lumbar extensor force output is necessary for daily activities. However, it is unknown whether this ability is impaired in chronic low back pain patients. Similarly, it is unknown whether lumbar extensor force control is related to the disability levels of chronic low back pain patients. METHODS: Thirty-three chronic low back pain and 20 healthy people performed lumbar extension force-matching task where they increased and decreased their force output to match a variable target force within 20%-50% maximal voluntary isometric contraction. Force control was quantified as the root-mean-square-error between participants' force output and target force across th..

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