Isolated lumbar extension resistance exercise in limited range of motion for patients with lumbar radiculopathy and disk herniation—clinical outcome and influencing factors

Review written by Dr Sarah Haag info

Key Points

  1. Patients reported an improvement in pain and impact on mental health after participating in an isolated lumbar extension program in conjunction with other core stability activities.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Lumbar radiculopathy is commonly seen in clinical practice, and is characterized by leg pain, paresthesia, and clinical signs of neurological impairment. Lumbar disc herniation (LDH) may be present in patients experiencing lumbar radiculopathy.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and clinical outcomes of an isolated lumbar extension resistance exercise (ILEX) program for people with lumbar radiculopathy who have confirmed LDH.

Lumbar disc herniation may be present in patients experiencing lumbar radiculopathy.
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This study suggests that the isolated lumbar extension exercise program does provide a positive effect on patients presenting with radicular symptoms with confirmed lumbar disc herniation.

METHODS

  • This study was a retrospective data analysis of patients who participated in the ILEX program.
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