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Effects of the Back Pain Management Program on Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain

만성요통 환자에 대한 요통관리프로그램의 효과

  • Shin, In Ho (Department of Nursing, St. Paul's Hospital, Catholic University) ;
  • Cho, Kyung-Sook (Department of Nursing, Gachon University)
  • 신인호 (가톨릭대학교 성바오로병원 간호부) ;
  • 조경숙 (가천대학교 글로벌캠퍼스 간호학과)
  • Received : 2013.05.13
  • Accepted : 2014.06.06
  • Published : 2014.08.31

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of the 8-weeks back pain management program (consisted of exercise and education for back pain) in patients with chronic low back pain. Methods: A total of 20 subjects who visited the pain clinic in a university hospital were randomly assigned either to a experimental or a control group. Ten subjects in the experimental group carried out the back pain management program for 8 weeks, and 10 in the control group did not. Results: After the back pain management program, back pain and disability were significantly reduced, and back pain management behavior and back muscle strength were significantly increased in the experimental group. However, radiating pain and flexibility were not significantly changed after the back pain management program. Conclusion: Findings of this study indicated that the 8-weeks back pain management program had favorable effects on back pain, degree of disability, back pain management behavior, and back muscle strength in patients with chronic low back pain. Future research needs to examine the optimal intensity and frequency of back muscle strengthen exercise, and the lasting effects of education for back pain.

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