Relationship between Muscle Sizes from Ultrasound Images and Endurance Time with/without Experience of Low Back Pain : Pattern of Recruiting Trunk Muscles

요통경험 유무에 따른 초음파 영상에서 측정된 근육크기와 근지구력 시간과의 관계: 유지 시간에 따라 동원된 체간근육 특성

  • Received : 2011.03.09
  • Accepted : 2011.03.31
  • Published : 2011.04.28


The purpose of the study was to examine the thickness of the trunk muscles ie. external obliques (EO), transversus abdominis (TrA), and multifidus and the trunk endurance strength in order to determine any relationship between the presence or absence of low back pain (LBP) and the size of trunk muscles. Data were obtained from 50 subjects, aged between 19-29 years. Participants had no experience of spinal problems that had resulted in a restriction of normal activity or time-off work and no current spinal symptoms. Measurements of muscle thickness of the trunk muscles were collected at rest, contraction and 15 seconds of post contraction during endurance strength tests. Background information was obtained followed all physical measures. Subjects were divided into two groups based on their experience of LBP. In draw-in maneuver, increasing the thickness of TrA was observed in all participants while EO was decreased at contraction in group 1 and increase in group 2. Only subjects in the group 2 had TrA increased during the flexion endurance test. In the side-bridge endurance test, the thickness of the right TrA was also observed differently between groups. Therefore, the results of the study may suggest that a function of specific muscle should be addressed for training persons with LBP.


Ultrasound Image;External Obliques;Transversus Abdominis;Multifidus;Low Back Pain


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