Effect of Pilates’ mat exercise program on pain, disability and lumbo-pelvic stability in patients with mechanical low back pain

Vol 4 | Issue 2 | July-Dec 2019 | page:2-6  | Shweta Ratnaparkhi, Shaila Sabnis, Nilima Bedekar, Ashok Shyam, Parag Sancheti

Authors: Shweta Ratnaparkhi [1], Shaila Sabnis [1], Nilima Bedekar [1], Ashok Shyam [1], Parag Sancheti [1].

[1] Department of Physiotherapy, Sancheti Institute, College of Physiotherapy, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
[2] Department of Orthopaedics, Sancheti Institute & Hospital Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Address of Correspondenc
Dr. Nilima Bedekar,
Sancheti Institute, College of Physiotherapy, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
E-mail: doc.ashokshyam@gmail.com


Background and purpose: To compare the effect of Pilates’ mat exercises with Conventional spinal exercises on pain, disability and lumbo-pelvic stability in Mechanical Low Back Pain (MLBP) patients.
Methods: Thirty six patients divided into two groups by random allocation. One group received Pilates’ Training Program (Group A), and the other, received Conventional program (Group B). Fourteen participants in Group A and 17 in Group B completed the study. Both groups attended a 30 minute therapist supervised session, 5 days a week, for 4 weeks and outcomes were measured in terms of Pain, Disability, Core muscle endurance & Lumbo-pelvic stability.
Results: All the participants showed significant improvement (p<0.05) in pain, disability and core muscle endurance. On comparing groups no significant difference was found with respect to pain, disability and lumbo-pelvic stability. However, core muscle endurance improved significantly (p=0.02) in Group A as hold time increased by 2.941±1.71 seconds as measured at end of week 4.
Conclusion: It was concluded that Pilates’ mat exercises as well as Conventional Spinal exercises are equally effective in the rehabilitation of patients with MLBP. However Pilates exercises lead to better improvement in the core muscle endurance.
Keywords: Pilates’, Mechanical low back pain, exercise.


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How to Cite this Article: Ratnaparkhi S, Sabnis S, Bedekar N, Shyam A, Sancheti P.  Effect of Pilates’ mat exercise program on pain, disability and lumbo-pelvic stability in patients with mechanical low back pain. Journal of Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation  2019 July-Dec; 4(2): 02-06.

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