Research - Validation Studies
A submaximal back extension endurance test utilising subjective perception of low back fatigue.
Year: 1998 Country: Finland Study Population: 20 low back pain patients/20 age- and sex-matched healthy controls
Taimela S, Kankaanpää M, Airaksinen O. A submaximal back extension endurance test utilising subjective perception of low back fatigue. Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 1998;30(2):107-112
To evaluate the diagnostic value of a submaximal repetitive back extension endurance test using the perceived subjective fatigue (Borg scale) in the classification between non-specific low back pain (LBP) patients and healthy controls.
Repetitive upper trunk extensions (25° extension and 5° extension) in David lumbar/thoracic back extension device (110). The subjects performed 45 dynamic upper trunk extensions in 90 seconds. Borg scale was inquired in 15 second intervals throughout the protocol and the slope (change/minute) was calculated.
According to the results, LBP patients seem to suffer from increased back muscle fatigability. The Borg scale slope increased faster and the score and the score was higher in LBP patients compared to controls at the end of the test.
The test may be used as a low-cost evaluation method for assessing the severity of LBP when combined with other relevant clinical data.