Aerobic fitness in women with chronic discogenic nonradicular low back pain

Anne Z. Hoch*, Jeff Young, Joel Press

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OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine if aerobic fitness varies between women with and without chronic discogenic nonradicular low back pain. DESIGN: Prospective cross-sectional descriptive study. RESULTS: Analysis of variance revealed that maximal oxygen consumption was lower (P = 0.05) in women with low back pain compared with the control group. In addition, there was a significant reduction (P = 0.05) in reported exercise training duration and frequency but no change in exercise intensity (P = 0.1) in the study group after the onset of low back pain. The low back pain group had minimal disability (19%) based on the Oswestry Disability Questionnaire. CONCLUSIONS: Women with chronic discogenic nonradicular low back pain have lower maximal oxygen consumption than age-matched controls. However, this study group continued to exercise safely at the same exercise training intensity as before their low back pain and had minimal disability and above-average aerobic fitness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-613
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Aerobic Fitness
  • Low Back Pain
  • Rehabilitation
  • Women's Health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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