Does motor control training improve pain and function in adults with symptomatic lumbar disc herniation? A systematic review and meta-analysis of 861 subjects in 16 trials

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Key Points

  1. This paper found that motor control training MAY provide benefits over other physiotherapy interventions (e.g. TENS, other exercise).
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Leg pain secondary to a significant lumbar disc herniation can cause severe discomfort and functional limitation. Some argue that core strengthening may help this condition.

This systematic review was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and examined the effect of motor control exercise on pain and disability in adults with lumbar disc herniation compared to other physiotherapy interventions, surgery, or sham interventions.

Leg pain secondary to a significant lumbar disc herniation can cause severe discomfort and functional limitation.
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The clinical relevance of a disc herniation on imaging remains in question unless the patient has very specific symptoms, e.g. progressive neurological deficits.

METHODS

Study design: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

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