Industrial Health
Online ISSN : 1880-8026
Print ISSN : 0019-8366
ISSN-L : 0019-8366
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Effectiveness of lumbar supports in low back functionality and disability in assembly-line workers
Ana Vanessa BATALLER-CERVEROJuan RABAL-PELAYLuis Enrique ROCHE-SERUENDOBelén LACÁRCEL-TEJEROAndrés ALCÁZAR-CREVILLÉNJose Antonio VILLALBA-RUETECristina CIMARRAS-OTAL
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2019 年 57 巻 5 号 p. 588-595

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Low back pain (LBP) is a common problem in manufacturing workers. Several strategies have been proposed in order to reduce the pain and/or improve functionality. Among them, lumbar supports are a common solution prescribed for lumbar pain relief. Most of the studies in the literature only consider subjective sensations of the workers for evaluation assessment. This study applies biomechanical tests (a flexion-relaxation test and a functional movement evaluation test) to analyse the effectiveness of flexible lumbar supports in functionality and disability versus placebo intervention, consisting of kinesiotape placed on the low back without any stress. 28 workers participated in the study, randomised in control and intervention groups with a two months’ intervention. None of the biomechanical tests showed statistical differences in between-groups pre-post changes. No benefits of wearing a flexible lumbar support during the workday have been found in these assembly-line workers versus placebo intervention.

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