Sustainability effects of motor control stabilisation exercises on pain and function in chronic nonspecific low back pain patients: A systematic review with meta-analysis and meta-regression

Autoři: Daniel Niederer aff001;  Juliane Mueller aff002
Působiště autorů: Department of Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology, Institute of Sports Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany aff001;  Department of Computer Science / Therapy Sciences, Professorship for Physiotherapy: Exercise Science and Applied Biomechanics, Trier University of Applied Sciences, Trier, Germany aff002
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 15(1)
Kategorie: Research Article


Study design

Systematic review with meta-analysis and meta-regression.

Background and objectives

We systematically reviewed and delineated the existing evidence on sustainability effects of motor control exercises on pain intensity and disability in chronic low back pain patients when compared with an inactive or passive control group or with other exercises. Secondary aims were to reveal whether moderating factors like the time after intervention completion, the study quality, and the training characteristics affect the potential sustainability effects.


Relevant scientific databases (Medline, Web of Knowledge, Cochrane) were screened. Eligibility criteria for selecting studies: All RCTs und CTs on chronic (≥ 12/13 weeks) nonspecific low back pain, written in English or German and adopting a longitudinal core-specific/stabilizing sensorimotor control exercise intervention with at least one pain intensity and disability outcome assessment at a follow-up (sustainability) timepoint of ≥ 4 weeks after exercise intervention completion.

Results and conclusions

From the 3,415 studies that were initially retrieved, 10 (2 CTs & 8 RCTs) on N = 1081 patients were included in the review and analyses. Low to moderate quality evidence shows a sustainable positive effect of motor control exercise on pain (SMD = -.46, Z = 2.9, p < .001) and disability (SMD = -.44, Z = 2.5, p < .001) in low back pain patients when compared to any control. The subgroups’ effects are less conclusive and no clear direction of the sustainability effect at short versus mid versus long-term, of the type of the comparator, or of the dose of the training is given. Low quality studies overestimated the effect of motor control exercises.

Klíčová slova:

Comparators – Database searching – Exercise therapy – Lower back pain – Metaanalysis – Pain sensation – Randomized controlled trials – Strength training


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