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Human Studies

2019 Nov

Eur Spine J



Asymmetry of lumbar muscles fatigability with non-specific chronic low back pain patients.


Rose-Dulcina K, Armand S, Dominguez DE, Genevay S, Vuillerme N
Eur Spine J. 2019 Nov; 28(11):2526-2534.
PMID: 31520128.


Non-specific chronic low back pain (NSCLBP) patients present with reduced back extensor muscle endurance which could be explained by the higher fatigability of their lumbar muscles. However, studies investigating lumbar muscle fatigability have shown contradictory findings. Furthermore, none investigated potential asymmetry in lumbar muscle fatigability, despite neuromuscular asymmetry being reported as a risk factor for NSCLBP. The present study's primary purpose was to determine whether NSCLBP patients presented with higher lumbar muscle fatigability and fatigability asymmetry than asymptomatic participants.