Presentation Title

A Comparison of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Exercise and Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation on the Reduction of Chronic Low Back Pain

Presentation Type

Poster

School

School of Sciences and Social Sciences

Discipline

Athletic Training

Mentor

Wanda Swiger

Abstract

Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) exercise and Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS) are a treatment for reducing chronic low back pain (CLBP). The purpose of this critically appraised topic was to determine which treatment is more effective. Six randomized control trials (RCTSs) were selected and reviewed. Pain was measured using a visual analogue scale or the Oswestry LBP Disability Scale. Three RCT’s showed manually resisted isotonic (exercise against resistance) PNF exercise is effective at reducing CLBP, with exercise parameters for PNF effective at 3 sets of 15, 4-5 times per week. Three RCT’s showed high frequency sensory TENS is effective at reducing CLBP. Two RCTs used TENS for 30 min/day for 2-5 weeks; one used TENS for 120 min/day for 4 weeks. The researchers concluded that PNF and high frequency, sensory TENS were effective at reducing CLBP.

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A Comparison of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Exercise and Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation on the Reduction of Chronic Low Back Pain

Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) exercise and Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS) are a treatment for reducing chronic low back pain (CLBP). The purpose of this critically appraised topic was to determine which treatment is more effective. Six randomized control trials (RCTSs) were selected and reviewed. Pain was measured using a visual analogue scale or the Oswestry LBP Disability Scale. Three RCT’s showed manually resisted isotonic (exercise against resistance) PNF exercise is effective at reducing CLBP, with exercise parameters for PNF effective at 3 sets of 15, 4-5 times per week. Three RCT’s showed high frequency sensory TENS is effective at reducing CLBP. Two RCTs used TENS for 30 min/day for 2-5 weeks; one used TENS for 120 min/day for 4 weeks. The researchers concluded that PNF and high frequency, sensory TENS were effective at reducing CLBP.