To compare the effectiveness of Muscle energy technique & Neural tissue mobilization in patients with chronic non-specific low back pain having piriformis syndrome for reducing pain & improving internal rotation of hip joint & functional disability at the end of 10 sessions.
Background: This is limited study available that supports that MET and Neural Tissue Mobilization can be used in treatment of piriformis syndrome.
Study Design: Comparative study
Methods: Ethical clearance was taken from college and consent was taken from 48 female patients diagnosed with piriformis syndrome and divided into 2 equal groups. Pre and post outcome measures of VAS for pain, goniometry for hip internal rotation, ODI for functional disability was taken. Group A underwent MET & conventional therapy (hot moist pack, piriformis stretching, hip abductors strengthening) and Group B underwent Neural Tissue Mobilization & conventional therapy.
Results: Mean values for VAS was 3.16+1.204 & 5.41+1.742 for Group A and Group B respectively. Mean values for Goniometry was 5.83+2.648 & 11.08+3.647 for Group A and Group B respectively. Mean values for ODI was 13.05+7.914 & 47.96+6.249 for Group A and Group B respectively.
Conclusion: When compared neural tissue mobilization is more effective than muscle energy technique in reducing pain, improving hip internal rotation and functional disability in females patients with chronic non-specific low back pain having piriformis syndrome.