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2020 Apr 02

Eur Spine J

Identification of intrinsic and reflexive contributions to trunk stabilization in patients with low back pain: a case-control study.


Griffioen M, van Drunen P, Maaswinkel E, Perez RSGM, Happee R, van Dieën JH
Eur Spine J. 2020 Apr 02.
PMID: 32242321.


The goal of this study was to assess differences in low back stabilization and underlying mechanisms between patients with low back pain (LBP) and healthy controls. It has been hypothesized that inadequate trunk stabilization could contribute to LBP through high tissue strains and/or impingement. Evidence to support this is inconsistent, and not all methods that have been used to study trunk stabilization are equally suitable. We have recently developed a method to assess intrinsic and reflexive contributions to trunk stabilization, which aims to circumvent the limitations of previous studies.