Return to competition in a chronic low back pain runner: beyond a therapeutic exercise approach, a case report


Submitted: 3 January 2014
Accepted: 25 March 2014
Published: 21 May 2014
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  • Sergio Veneziani Department of Neurosciences & Imaging, University “G. D’Annunzio” Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy.
  • Christian Doria Department of Neurosciences & Imaging, University “G. D’Annunzio” Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy.
  • Luca Falciati Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, University of Brescia, Italy.
  • Claudio Carlo Castelli Orthopedics & Traumatology and Emergency & Urgency Departments, “Papa Giovanni XXIII” Hospital, Bergamo, Italy.
  • Giorgio Fanò Illic A.S.I. Italian Space Agency, Rome, Italy.
Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is a disabling condition affecting both quality of life and performance in athletes. Several approaches have been proposed in the field of physiotherapy, manual therapy, physical exercise and counseling. None apparently is outdoing the other with the exception of trunk stability exercises in specific conditions. The present paper describes a clinical success in managing a CLBP runner affected by MRI documented disk herniation via dietary change. Dietary changes allowed our patient that had failed with previous standard therapeutic approaches, to regain an optimal pain-free condition. We advance the hypothesis that a visceral-autonomic concomitant or primary disturbance possibly generating mild gastrointestinal discomfort in CLBP patients should be ruled out as a possible cause of pain and disability at the somato-motor level.

Veneziani, S., Doria, C., Falciati, L., Castelli, C. C., & Fanò Illic, G. (2014). Return to competition in a chronic low back pain runner: beyond a therapeutic exercise approach, a case report. European Journal of Translational Myology, 24(3). https://doi.org/10.4081/ejtm.2014.2221

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