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Aerobic fitness in women with chronic discogenic nonradicular low back pain. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2006 Jul;85(7):607-13



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OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine if aerobic fitness varies between women with and without chronic discogenic non-radicular low back pain.

DESIGN: Prospective cross-sectional descriptive study.

RESULTS: : Analysis of variance revealed that maximal oxygen consumption was lower (P = 0.05) in women with low back pain compared with the control group. In addition, there was a significant reduction (P = 0.05) in reported exercise training duration and frequency but no change in exercise intensity (P = 0.1) in the study group after the onset of low back pain. The low back pain group had minimal disability (19%) based on the Oswestry Disability Questionnaire.

CONCLUSIONS: Women with chronic discogenic non-radicular low back pain have lower maximal oxygen consumption than age-matched controls. However, this study group continued to exercise safely at the same exercise training intensity as before their low back pain and had minimal disability and above-average aerobic fitness.

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Hoch AZ, Young J, Press J


Anne Hoch DO Professor in the Orthopaedic Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Case-Control Studies
Chronic Disease
Cross-Sectional Studies
Exercise Tolerance
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Vertebrae
Oxygen Consumption
Physical Fitness
Prospective Studies
Spinal Diseases