Document Type: RESEARCH PAPER
Department of Physical Education Faculty of Sports Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
Department of Radiology, Tehran, Iran
Background: The purpose of this study was to identify the effects of eight weeks of conventional and suspension core
stability exercises by use of the designed device on characteristic of intervertebral discs in low back pain.
Methods: A total of 27 men with chronic low back (CLB) pain due to lumbar disc herniation in L4-L5 and L5-S1 regions
were enrolled in this quasi-experimental study. After assessing the pain intensity using a visual analog scale (VAS) and
determining the disc herniation index using MRI, each group of patients were asked to perform either conventional
or suspension exercises for eight weeks, each week consisting of three training sessions. The pain intensity was
assessed at the end of the first, second, third, fourth and eighth weeks and the disc hernia index was determined again
at the end of the eight weeks of exercises.
Results: The results indicated significant changes in the intensity of pain in both groups through the period of eight
weeks of exercise with a remarkable pain relief. In relation to the structural characteristics of the intervertebral disc, data
analysis did not reveal any significant change between the pre- and post-test.
Conclusion: Considering the beneficial effects of the stability exercises and specially suspension stability exercises
with respect to pain alleviation and reduced use of sedatives and anti-inflammatory drugs, this method can be helpful
at early stages of treatment for chronic pains.
Level of evidence: I