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Lumbosacral Corsets Improve the Outcome of Patients with Non-Specific Acute Low Back Pain

Aruyaru Stanley Mwenda1, Akil Fazal1, Hassan Saidi1, 2, Parmenas Oroko1

  1. Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi

  2. University of Nairobi

Correspondence to: Dr. Stanley Aruyaru, P.O Box 25-10100 Nyeri, Kenya.

Email: arumwesta@gmail.com.

Abstract

Introduction: Low back pain (LBP) is a common global problem affecting 60-90% of the population in their lifetime. It is a leading reason for hospital admission, healthcare spending, workplace absenteeism and years lived with disability. Up to 90% of patients suffering from low back pain do not have serious pathology warranting imaging or further intervention. These are categorized as having non- specific low back pain. This has a good prognosis running a short course of 3 to 6 weeks. The use of corset as physical therapy for non-specific acute LBP has not been clearly supported with scientific evidence. However, it is commonly prescribed for this category of patients. It is important to assess the effect of this modality on the outcome of patients with non- specific acute LBP. Methods: This study aimed to assess the outcome of patients with non-specific acute low back pain treated with a corset in addition to a standard analgesic protocol compared to those on a standard analgesic protocol alone over 3- week duration at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya. Results: Seventy-nine patients were analyzed. There was a significant effect of time on the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) (F= (1.38, 106.56) =207.89, P=.000). There wa