Evidence of splinting in low back pain?: A systematic review of perturbation studies

European Spine Journal | September 14, 2017

Prins MR, et al. - This study analyzed literature data comparing LBP patients with healthy controls for signs of splinting, assessed by responses to mechanical trunk perturbations in terms of trunk muscle activity, kinetic and kinematic trunk responses and estimated mechanical properties of the trunk. No convincing evidence was found for the presence of splinting behaviour in LBP patients as no indications were found for splinting in terms of kinetic and kinematic responses to perturbation and derived mechanical properties of the trunk. Although consistent evidence on delayed onsets of muscle activation in response to perturbations was found, this may have other causes than splinting behaviour.

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