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Whole body vibration exercise for chronic low back pain: study protocol for a single-blind randomized controlled trial.
Trials. 2014 Apr 02; 15:104.T

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Low back pain affects approximately 80% of people at some stage in their lives. Exercise therapy is the most widely used nonsurgical intervention for low back pain in practice guidelines. Whole body vibration exercise is becoming increasingly popular for relieving musculoskeletal pain and improving health-related quality of life. However, the efficacy of whole body vibration exercise for low back pain is not without dispute. This study aims to estimate the effect of whole body vibration exercise for chronic low back pain.

METHODS/DESIGN

We will conduct a prospective, single-blind, randomized controlled trial of 120 patients with chronic low back pain. Patients will be randomly assigned into an intervention group and a control group. The intervention group will participate in whole body vibration exercise twice a week for 3 months. The control group will receive general exercise twice a week for 3 months. Primary outcome measures will be the visual analog scale for pain, the Oswestry Disability Index and adverse events. The secondary outcome measures will include muscle strength and endurance of spine, trunk proprioception, transversus abdominis activation capacity, and quality of life. We will conduct intention-to-treat analysis if any participants withdraw from the trial.

DISCUSSION

Important features of this study include the randomization procedures, single-blind, large sample size, and a standardized protocol for whole body vibration in chronic low back pain. This study aims to determine whether whole body vibration exercise produces more beneficial effects than general exercise for chronic low back pain. Therefore, our results will be useful for patients with chronic low back pain as well as for medical staff and health-care decision makers.

TRIAL REGISTRATION

Chinese Clinical Trial Registry: ChiCTR-TRC-13003708.

Authors+Show Affiliations

No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableSport Medicine & Rehabilitation Center, Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai 200438, China. chenpeijie@sus.edu.cn.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24693945

Citation

Wang, Xue-Qiang, et al. "Whole Body Vibration Exercise for Chronic Low Back Pain: Study Protocol for a Single-blind Randomized Controlled Trial." Trials, vol. 15, 2014, p. 104.
Wang XQ, Pi YL, Chen PJ, et al. Whole body vibration exercise for chronic low back pain: study protocol for a single-blind randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2014;15:104.
Wang, X. Q., Pi, Y. L., Chen, P. J., Chen, B. L., Liang, L. C., Li, X., Wang, X., & Zhang, J. (2014). Whole body vibration exercise for chronic low back pain: study protocol for a single-blind randomized controlled trial. Trials, 15, 104. https://doi.org/10.1186/1745-6215-15-104
Wang XQ, et al. Whole Body Vibration Exercise for Chronic Low Back Pain: Study Protocol for a Single-blind Randomized Controlled Trial. Trials. 2014 Apr 2;15:104. PubMed PMID: 24693945.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Whole body vibration exercise for chronic low back pain: study protocol for a single-blind randomized controlled trial. AU - Wang,Xue-Qiang, AU - Pi,Yan-Lin, AU - Chen,Pei-Jie, AU - Chen,Bin-Lin, AU - Liang,Lei-Chao, AU - Li,Xin, AU - Wang,Xiao, AU - Zhang,Juan, Y1 - 2014/04/02/ PY - 2013/10/23/received PY - 2014/03/06/accepted PY - 2014/4/4/entrez PY - 2014/4/4/pubmed PY - 2014/10/22/medline SP - 104 EP - 104 JF - Trials JO - Trials VL - 15 N2 - BACKGROUND: Low back pain affects approximately 80% of people at some stage in their lives. Exercise therapy is the most widely used nonsurgical intervention for low back pain in practice guidelines. Whole body vibration exercise is becoming increasingly popular for relieving musculoskeletal pain and improving health-related quality of life. However, the efficacy of whole body vibration exercise for low back pain is not without dispute. This study aims to estimate the effect of whole body vibration exercise for chronic low back pain. METHODS/DESIGN: We will conduct a prospective, single-blind, randomized controlled trial of 120 patients with chronic low back pain. Patients will be randomly assigned into an intervention group and a control group. The intervention group will participate in whole body vibration exercise twice a week for 3 months. The control group will receive general exercise twice a week for 3 months. Primary outcome measures will be the visual analog scale for pain, the Oswestry Disability Index and adverse events. The secondary outcome measures will include muscle strength and endurance of spine, trunk proprioception, transversus abdominis activation capacity, and quality of life. We will conduct intention-to-treat analysis if any participants withdraw from the trial. DISCUSSION: Important features of this study include the randomization procedures, single-blind, large sample size, and a standardized protocol for whole body vibration in chronic low back pain. This study aims to determine whether whole body vibration exercise produces more beneficial effects than general exercise for chronic low back pain. Therefore, our results will be useful for patients with chronic low back pain as well as for medical staff and health-care decision makers. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Chinese Clinical Trial Registry: ChiCTR-TRC-13003708. SN - 1745-6215 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24693945/Whole_body_vibration_exercise_for_chronic_low_back_pain:_study_protocol_for_a_single_blind_randomized_controlled_trial_ L2 - https://trialsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1745-6215-15-104 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -