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Investigation of abdominal muscle thickness changes after spinal manipulation in patients who meet a clinical prediction rule for lumbar stabilization

Konitzer, L.N., Gill, N.W. and Koppenhaver, S.L. (2011) Investigation of abdominal muscle thickness changes after spinal manipulation in patients who meet a clinical prediction rule for lumbar stabilization. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 41 (9). pp. 666-674.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.2519/jospt.2011.3685
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Abstract

STUDY DESIGN: Prospective case series. OBJECTIVES: To investigate changes in abdominal muscle thickness with ultrasound imaging, after spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), in a subgroup of patients with low back pain (LBP) who meet a proposed clinical prediction rule for lumbar stabilization exercise (LSE). BACKGROUND: The characteristics of a subgroup of patients with LBP who respond clinically to LSE has been proposed. Although the pathoanatomical characteristics of this subgroup have not been determined, clinicians often assume that this type of LBP is related, in part, to neuromuscular deficits of the lateral abdominal muscles. Recent evidence suggests that SMT may facilitate abdominal muscle activity and, therefore, enhance exercises targeting these deficits. METHODS: Nineteen patients (mean age

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Chiropractic and Sports Science
Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/11468
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