Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation in Chronic Low Back Pain

2019-10-15 11:11:21 | BioPortfolio


This study evaluates whether there is additive effect of neuromuscular electrical stimulation applied to lower lumbar region to core stabilization exercises in the management of chronic low back pain. Participants will randomly divide into two groups; half will receive core stabilization exercises and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) in combination, while the other half will receive core stabilization exercises and sham NMES.


Patients with low back pain cannot activate enough the deep lumbar stabilization muscles necessary for spinal stability, such as transversus abdominis, lumbar multifidus.

Core stabilization exercises are valuable in motor relearning of coactivation of deep lumbar and abdominal muscles and in stabilization of the spine. Hence, they are important in the management of chronic low back pain.

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) has been used in the training and strengthening of skeletal muscles for many years. It is shown that NMES can contract deep lumbar stabilization muscles and changes in muscle activation are significantly associated with pain reduction in patients with low back pain.

Study Design


Low Back Pain


Neuromuscular electrical stimulation and core stabilization exercise, Sham neuromuscular electrical stimulation and core stabilization exercise


Koc University School of Medicine




Koç University

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