Objective Assessment for Exercise Treatment on the B-200 Isostation as Part of Work Tolerance Rehabilitation: A Random Prospective Blind Evaluation With Comparison Control Population

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The purpose of this study was to assess repeated exercise on the B-200 isostation as part of rehabilitation work tolerance for nonsurgical patients with lumbar spine disorders. For a consecutive 7-month period, treatment subjects were randomly assigned according to birth date for participation in two groups: a standard work tolerance program only or standard work tolerance program plus inclusion of exercise on the B-200 isostation. Each patient had similar referral diagnosis requiring conservative treatment. Treatment groups were compared with a control population of volunteers who had neither back pain nor known underlying spinal pathology. All study patients had objective measurement of range of motion, isometric strength, and velocity of motion, on the B-200 isostation before treatment and at follow-up 3 weeks after treatment. The data showed no significant difference of percent improvement when comparing patients in either of the randomized assigned treatment groups. There was a higher percentage of improvement for each treatment group as compared with the control individuals, however, Based on our study using the B-200 isostation, there is little objective justification for including exercise on the B-200 dynametric isostation as part of the rehabilitation routine for improvement of functional physical capacity.

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