Nonspecific chronic low back pain patients are deconditioned and have an increased body fat percentage

Audy Paul Hodselmans, Pieter U Dijkstra, Jan H B Geertzen, Cees van der Schans

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Abstract

The aim of this cross-sectional study was to compare data on the level of aerobic capacity and body composition of nonspecific chronic low back pain (CLBP) patients with normative data matched for sex, age and level of sporting activity. The study population consisted of 101 outpatients with nonspecific CLBP who had entered a rehabilitation programme. Results were as follows: the mean (standard deviation) aerobic capacity (VO2max) of CLBP patients was significantly (P<0.001) lower 7.3 (5.6) ml/kg lean body mass/min as compared with the normative data. The mean (standard deviation) body fat percentage of the patients was significantly (P<0.001) higher 3.9 % (5.9) as compared with the normative data. These results provide evidence of a reduced level of aerobic capacity and an increased body fat percentage in nonspecific CLBP patients compared with healthy participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-270
JournalJournal of rehabilitation medicine
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • chronic diseases
  • low back pain
  • physical fitness
  • netherlands

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