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Abdul Ghafoor Sajjad
Muhammad Shahid Javed
Mir Arif Hussain
Iqra Hamid
Muhammad Tanveer


Disc Protrusion, Fascia Stretching Exercises, ELDOA


Introduction: Low back pain is one of the most common causes of absenteeism in the workplace, school, or any other promising activity. Disc disease is one of the key contributors to low back pain and radiculopathy. One among many disc problems is disc protrusion, which has more prevalence in outpatient department physical therapy management Centre globally. One of the spinal fascia stretching exercise is Elongation Longitudinaux avec Decoaption Osteo-Articulaire (ELDOA).

Objective: To find out the effects of ELDOA exercises on pain and quality of life in patients with lumbar disc protrusion.

Material & Methods: The single-blind randomized control trial of 120 patients was conducted at Max Rehab & Physical Therapy Centre Islamabad, Pakistan. The inclusion criteria were lumbar radiculopathy due to lumbar disc protrusion. Patients were randomly allocated into groups through lottery method. Both groups received manual physical therapy treatment and ELDOA Group received additional ELODA exercises. The tools were Numeric Pain Rating Scale score of back pain, leg pain and patient functional level through modified Oswestry disability index. The data was collected before the 1st visit and after 8th visit.

Results: Both groups show significant difference, when we compared the group the Post NPRS (Back Pain), NPRS (leg pain) and MODI P value show there was a significant difference.

Conclusion: ELDOA exercises have improved the pain and quality of life in patients with disc protrusion.

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