Nearly all individuals with low back pain develop deficits in lumbar stabilizer control that remains after the pain resolves. However, specific exercises targeting the deep lumbar stabilizer musculature can improve these strength deficits.
Stabilization training is designed to strengthen muscles that support the spine. Through a regimen of exercises prescribed by a physical therapist, the patient is trained to find and maintain his/her “neutral spine” position. The back muscles are then exercised to teach the spine how to stay in this position. Stabilization training programs are individually designed for each patient based on the patient’s condition.
Individuals younger than 40 years of age, with excessive generalized flexibility and improvement in symptoms with activation of the larger core muscles are 67% more likely to have success with stabilization training.
Individuals that do not respect their Low Back Pain by modifying activity levels in response to pain have a decreased likelihood of succeeding with stabilization training.
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