Slump Stretching may be Effective!

Does a slump-stretching program help a sub-group of patients with mechanical low back pain (LBP)?
This study evaluated the effects of slump stretching on pain, centralization of symptoms and disability.

Only patients with the following criteria were included in the study:


  • 1) Must have symptoms in the lumbo-pelvic region and distal to the buttocks
  • 2) Reproduction of the symptoms with the slump test (i.e. +ve slump test)
  • 3) No change in symptoms with lumbar flexion and extension mobility testing
  • 4)Straight leg raise (SLR) test at 45� or greater
  • 5) No signs of nerve root involvement
  • 6) Oswestry disability score greater than 10%Thirty consecutive patients who met the above criteria were randomly allocated to treatments including:
  • 1) Lumbar spine mobilization and trunk strengthening exercises
  • 2) Lumbar spine mobilization, trunk strengthening exercises, and slump stretching (held for 30 seconds X 5 reps to be performed daily)All patients were treated in physical therapy twice weekly for 3 weeks for a total of 6 visits.
    Posted on: July 05, 2007

    Categories: Lumbar Spine

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