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Theeffectivenessofginger compress on non-specific low back pain

H. W. Lem, A. C. Lee

Abstract


The purpose of this study was to identify the effectiveness of ginger compress in relief non-specific low back pain and reduce functional disability due to low back pain. After screening, 15 participants were randomly allocated into two groups: experimental group (n=8) received ginger compress treatment for 20 minutes per session, three sessions per week for a total of ten sessions and control group (n=7) did not received any treatment. Numeric Rating Scale for pain and OswetryDisability Questionnaire were used to measure pain and functional disability before and after the intervention. This study revealed the experimental group indicated significantly pain relief (p=0.000) and disability reduced (p=0.000) after three weeks intervention. This study concludesthat ginger compress is effective in pain relief and reduces functional disability in patients with non-specific low back pain.

Keywords: ginger compress, non-specific low back pain, Oswetry Disability Questionnaire




http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/jfas.v9i6s.87
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