Specific or non-specific exercises for patients with low back pain and movement control impairment: What works?

Jeanette H. Saner-Bissig

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Low back pain (LBP) is a common disease. In most cases the cause of the pain is unknown. If the pain is related to altered movement patterns, a movement control impairment (MCI) can be diagnosed. Regular, specific or non-specific exercises over one year can improve function and pain in patients with LBP and MCI. The exercises are instructed by a physiotherapist in 9–18 treatments. This is followed by a home-exercise program twice or more times per week for the following year. Patients identified increased confidence, easily understandable exercises and a combination of exercises with self-initiated physical activity as motivational strategies to keep up with the home-exercises.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • de Bie, Robert, Supervisor
  • Luomajoki, H., Supervisor, External person
  • Kool, J.P., Co-Supervisor, External person
  • Sieben - Wertz, Judith, Co-Supervisor
Award date6 Sep 2018
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789493019805
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • low back pain
  • movement control impairment
  • exercise
  • motivation

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