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Reducing back pain in older patients

Comparison of Female Geriatric Lumbar Extension Strength: Asymptomatic Versus Chronic Low Back Pain Patients and Their Response to Active Rehabilitation

Journal of Spinal Disorders
1996 Volume 9, Number 1

Bryon Holmes, Vert Mooney, Scott Negri, Scott Leggett, Jean Nichols, An Hoeyberghs

Study Outcomes & Clinical Relevance:

This study confirmed that many back pain sufferers have weaker lumbar extension strength and that some symptomatic geriatric women can increase strength with progressive resistance exercise, which leads to a decrease in low back pain.

Resistance Exercise and Physical Performance in Adults Aged 60 to 83

Journal of American Geriatrics Society
2002 Volume 50

Kevin R. Vincent, PhD,* Randy W. Braith, PhD, Ross A. Feldman, MS, Pete M. Magyari, MS, Rachel B. Cutler, MS, Stephanie A. Persin, BS, Shannon L. Lennon, MS, Abdel H. Gabr MD, and David T. Lowenthal, MD, PhD

Study Outcomes & Clinical Relevance:

Significant and similar improvements in strength, endurance, and stair climbing time can be obtained in older adults as a consequence of high- or low-intensity resistance exercise training. These findings may have an effect on how resistance exercise is prescribed to older adults.

High-Intensity Strength Training in Nonagenarians

Journal of The American Medical Association
1990 Volume 263, Number 22

Maria A. Fiatarone, MD, Elizabeth C. Marks, MS, Nancy D. Ryan, DT, Carol N. Meredith, PhD, Lewis A. Lipsitz, MD, William J. Evans, PhD Presented at the annual meeting of the American Federation for Clinical Research, Washington, DC, May 30, 1989

Study Outcomes & Clinical Relevance:

High-resistance weight training leads to significant gains in muscle strength, size, and functional mobility among frail residents of nursing homes up to 96 years of age.