The Effect of Stabilization Exercises After Radiofrequency Lumbar Facet Denervation

H

Hacettepe University

Status

Completed

Conditions

Radiofrequency Denervation
Facet Joint Pain
Pain
Disability Physical
Low Back Pain

Treatments

Other: Exercise

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT03444493
GO14605

Details and patient eligibility

About

A gap of knowledge exists on the understanding of the acute effects of stabilization exercises on pain, disability and physical performance when applied after radiofrequency denervation. Therefore, the main objective of this study is to show the effects of stabilization exercises when started in acute period and also reduce the frequency of recurrence low back pain of patients with FJS after radiofrequency denervation.

Full description

Lumbar facet joint syndrome has been described as a potential cause of low back pain and affects an estimated 4% to 8% of those low back pain patients without neurological deficits or radiographic evidence of lumbar spine disease. The levels of physical performance and functional disability of the patients with lumbar FJS are affected because of the chronicity of the pain. Radiofrequency denervation (RFD) is one of the therapautic procedures are used most commonly in treatment of facet joint syndrome. Numerous placebo-controlled trials have examined lumbar facet pain and demonstrated that RFD yields positive results in lumbar pain in properly selected patients. The lumbar stabilization exercise is based on the control of the local muscle system (multifidus, transversus abdominis, diaphragm and pelvic floor muscles) responsible for ensuring segmental stability of the vertebral colon in recent years. In the clinical trials, stabilization exercises have been shown to reduce pain, improves physical performance and prevent the recurrent low back pain by strengthing of muscles supporting the vertebral colon. Therefore, the main objective of this study is to show the effects of stabilization exercises when started in acute period and also reduce the frequency of recurrence low back pain of patients with FJS after radiofrequency denervation.

Enrollment

39 patients

Sex

All

Ages

45 to 80 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

age older than 45 year, failure to improve with conservative treatment, limited functions and daily life, pain exacerbated by rest, sitting or standing

Exclusion criteria

previous surgical intervention in the spine or hip, previous local injection to the lumbar spine facet joint, current treatment with a narcotic drug, impairment of cognition or speech

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Non-Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

39 participants in 2 patient groups

Exercise
Experimental group
Description:
The exercise group performed specific localized exercises aimed at restoring the stabilizing protective function of the transversus abdominis (TrA). The exercises were designed specifically to activate and train the isometric holding function of the TrA muscle at the affected vertebral segment. Additionally, the exercise group was informed about protecting for biomechanics of lumbar spine.
Treatment:
Other: Exercise
Control
No Intervention group
Description:
Control group was informed about protecting for biomechanics of lumbar spine.

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