Effect of Pilates and Segmental Stabilization in Elderly People With Low Back Pain

  • End date
    Mar 26, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Sao Paulo General Hospital
Updated on 26 September 2021
back pain
low back pain


INTRODUCTION: Low back pain is an important health condition with great consequences from the socioeconomic point of view and is associated with high costs for the health system, absenteeism at work and reduced functional performance. It is considered one of the most relevant health problems in the elderly, with point prevalence estimates higher than for other musculoskeletal conditions. It can be defined as any pain between the last ribs and the lower gluteal folds, with or without pain in the lower limbs, manifesting itself acutely, subacutely or chronically. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effect of the Pilates method versus segmental stabilization in elderly people with chronic low back pain. METHOD: 60 elderly people with chronic low back pain will participate in the study and will be randomized into two groups: Pilates Group (GP) and Segmental Stabilization Group (SG). The two treatments will have 16 individual sessions, twice a week. Pain will be assessed using the visual analogue pain scale; functional disability, using the Oswestry disability index; excessive fear of movement and physical activity, by the Tampa scale of kinesiophobia; level of confidence in the balance for specific activities, by the ABC scale and; activation of the transversus abdominis muscle by pressure biofeedback. Individuals will be evaluated in four moments: before the first session, after the last session, three and six months after the end of the treatment to verify the effects in the medium term. Patient allocation and assessments will be performed by a blind examiner. Data will be analyzed using the ANOVA procedure and Tukey's Multiple Comparison test. The significance level will be 5%. A hiptese deste estudo que o grupo que realiza exerccios de Pilates obtm ganhos mais obtem que o grupo que realiza exerccios de estabilizao segmentar em todas as variveis ao final do tratamento.

Condition Lower Back Pain, Chronic Back Pain, Low Back Pain, Back Pain, lumbago
Treatment Pilates Group, Segmental Stabilization group
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05047562
SponsorUniversity of Sao Paulo General Hospital
Last Modified on26 September 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Non-specific low back pain for at least 3 months
Intensity of pain equal to or greater than 3 cm

Exclusion Criteria

Specific low back pain
Neurological involvement (radiculopathy, myelopathy)
Previous spinal surgery
Any impediment to performing the exercises
Having had recent surgeries
Being on treatment for low back pain
Not having cognitive ability to perform the exercises or be submitted to the proposed assessments
Missing appointments three times in a row
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