The effect of decompressive surgery on lumbar paraspinal and biceps brachii muscle function and movement perception in lumbar spinal stenosis: a 2-year follow-up
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Chronic low back pain and lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) seem to deteriorate lumbar muscle function and proprioception but the effect of surgery on them remains unclear. This study evaluates the effect of decompressive surgery on lumbar movement perception and paraspinal and biceps brachii (BB) muscle responses during sudden upper limb loading in LSS.
Low back and radicular pain intensity (VAS) and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) were measured together with lumbar proprioception and paraspinal and BB muscle responses prior to and 3 and 24 months after surgery in 30 LSS patients. Lumbar proprioception was assessed by a previously validated motorized trunk rotation unit and muscle responses for sudden upper limb loading by surface EMG.
Lumbar perception threshold improved after surgery during 3-month follow-up (from 4.6° to 3.1°, P = 0.015) but tend to deteriorate again during 24 months (4.0°, P = 0.227). Preparatory paraspinal and BB muscle responses prior to sudden load as well as paraspinal muscle activation latencies after the load remained unchanged.
Impaired lumbar proprioception seems to improve shortly after decompressive surgery but tends to deteriorate again with longer follow-up despite the sustaining favorable clinical outcome. The surgery did not affect either the feed-forward or the feed-back muscle function, which indicates that the abnormal muscle activity in LSS is at least partly irreversible.
KeywordsLumbar proprioception Paraspinal reflexes Feed-forward control Decompressive surgery Lumbar spinal stenosis
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