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Rehabilitation ultrasound imaging for core stabilization

During the 15 years, researchers in Australia have made breakthrough discoveries in the treatment of back pain. Through the use of real-time ultrasound imaging technology they identified problems with the deep "stabilizing" muscles of the lumbar spine and pelvis (lumbar multifidus, transversus abdominis) in patients who had experienced back pain. Subsequently,motor control approach has been developed to examine, diagnose, and treat these specific muscles with the help of ultrasonography.

Evidence shows that the function (or dysfunction) of these local muscles determines whether a person experiences long-term pain relief or a return of symptoms (recurrence of back pain). The positive or negative response depends on whether the deep "stabilizing" muscles are properly rehabilitated or not.

The issue of recurrence is important because a return of symptoms may lead to a chronic, disabling condition. Recent studies show that back pain does return in most people (80% recurrence) within a year after experiencing symptoms for the first time.

Current research would suggest that it does not matter who you see for treatment (family practice physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists, or physical therapists). If you do not rehabilitate the deep "stabilizing" muscles, then the recurrence rates are about the same as those who receive no treatment at all (80%). ovement, freedom from pain.

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