Effectiveness of physiotherapy and minimal invasive technics on functional status and quality of life in geriatric patients with low back pain

J Exerc Rehabil. 2018 Dec 27;14(6):1048-1052. doi: 10.12965/jer.1836354.177. eCollection 2018 Dec.


The aim of the study was to determine the effect of physiotherapy and minimal invasive technics (MIT) on pain, quality of life and functional disability in geriatric patients with chronic low back pain. According to previous files, 61 geriatric patients who received MIT and physiotherapy allocated to group 1, the patient who received physiotherapy alone allocated to group 2. All patients received soft tissue mobilizations, muscle-energy technics and spinal stabilization exercises. Pain severity, functional disability, life quality, and fear avoidance were assessed with visual analogue scale, Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), Nottingham Health Profile (NHP) and Fear Avoidance Beliefs Questionnaire, respectively. Improvements in ODI and NHP were seen in favor of group 2 after treatment as to baseline (P<0.05). Although both treatments showed pain relief, functional restoration, and improvement in quality of life; there was no additional improvement in patients received MIT different from the patients received physiotherapy alone.

Keywords: Exercise; Functional disability; Minimal invasive technics; Pain; Physiotherapy; Quality of life.