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

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

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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 RCTs 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.
Wanda Swiger

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Keene State College

Creator

Jenna M. Bellano

Date

2017-10-11

Identifier

http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12088/8074

Subject

Athletic Training

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Presentation

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