Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 6; Issue 2 (March 2018)

Page No.: 2637-2642

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2018.104


Poonam .N. Banthia 1, Priyanka Honkalas *2, Ajay Kumar 3.

1 UG Intern, DPO’S Nett college of Physiotherapy, Thane, India.

*2 Assistant Professor, DPO’S Nett college of Physiotherapy, Thane, India.

3 Principal, DPO’S Nett college of Physiotherapy, Thane, India.

Corresponding author: Dr. Priyanka Honkalas (PT), Assistant Professor, DPO’S Nett college of Physiotherapy, Thane, India. E-Mail: priyankahonkalas@gmail.com


Background: Strength, muscular endurance and flexibility are important component of healthy back function. Lack of endurance of trunk muscles is an important factor in etiology of low back pain. Nurses have a multidimensional role. They need to acquire various positions which lead to undue stress over low back, neck and hands amongst which prevalence of low back pain is highest.

Aims and Objectives: To test trunk muscle endurance using lumbar functional tests for Trunk extensors, Trunk flexors, Trunk lateral flexors (right), Trunk lateral flexors (left).

Materials and Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted with a sample of 80 nurses between age of 20-30 years also Nurses practicing more than 2 years having BMI within 18.5 – 24.99 kg/m2 and  Nulliparous women were included in the study. Subjects with history of Recent spine injury or trauma, Spine  fracture, Pathological LBP, Subjects having history of any cardiovascular or pulmonary disorder or neurological conditions, Diabetes mellitus and hypertension, Mechanical LBP, Recent Cervical or Shoulder pathology were excluded. All subjects were selected by convenient type of sampling, Modified  Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire was given to all the subjects and the subjects with the low back pain were excluded. A trial demo was given to the subject as to make them understand what they have to perform. Subjects were asked to hold the position and the no. of seconds was recorded. This no. of seconds was compared with the normal trunk endurance data.

Results: Trunk muscle endurance in Nurses was reduced then Normal published data.

Conclusion :  The study concluded that there is reduced trunk muscle endurance in female nurses when compared to published normative data.

KEY WORDS: Trunk muscle endurance, Nurses, Lumbar functional test.


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Cite this article: Poonam. N. Banthia, Priyanka Honkalas, Ajay Kumar. SASSESSMENT OF TRUNK MUSCLE ENDURANCE IN FEMALE NURSES USING LUMBAR FUNCTIONAL TEST. Int J Physiother Res 2018;6(2):2637-2642. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2018.104