Motor skill training in musculoskeletal pain: a case report in chronic low back pain

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Abstract

Purpose: Low back pain is a chronic condition that limits function. The chief reason individuals with low back pain seek care is difficulty performing functional activities. A novel approach to improving performance of painful and limited functional activities is motor skill training, defined as challenging practice of activities to learn or relearn a skill. The purpose of this report is to describe the design and application of a motor skill training intervention in a 26-year-old man with a 10-year history of low back pain. Methods: A motor skill training intervention was implemented to modify the altered alignment and movement patterns he used during the performance of his painful and limited activities. Results: The patient was seen for six visits in 12 weeks. The patient reported decreased pain and medication use, as well as improved function immediately, 3-, and 9-months post-intervention. Conclusion: Individuals with low back pain report limitation in ability to perform everyday functions and demonstrate altered patterns of movement and alignment during these activities. This case report describes an innovative motor skill training intervention that directly addresses the performance of functional activities and the application of motor learning principles.Implications for rehabilitation Low back pain is a chronic condition that limits function. The chief reason individuals with chronic low back pain seek care is difficulty performing everyday functional activities. Motor skill training is a novel approach that directly addresses the performance of painful and limited functional activities through challenging practice to improve performance and decrease pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2071-2079
Number of pages9
JournalDisability and rehabilitation
Volume41
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 14 2019

Keywords

  • Motor learning
  • low back pain
  • lumbar spine
  • skill training
  • spine

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