Use of Partial Body-Weight Support for Aggressive Return to Running After Lumbar Disk Herniation: A Case Report

Melita N. Moore, Carol V Albanese, Martin D. Hoffman

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Moore MN, Vandenakker-Albanese C, Hoffman MD. Use of partial body-weight support for aggressive return to running after lumbar disk herniation: a case report. This case report demonstrates the application of partial body-weight supported treadmill running in an aggressive rehabilitation program of an ultramarathon runner who had sustained a lumbar disk herniation. Body-weight supported exercise has recognized value during rehabilitation of lower-extremity injuries. In this case we found that the reductions in vertical loading forces achieved through partial body-weight support can also be valuable in the rehabilitation of an injury above the level of support. This motivated runner successfully used weight-supported treadmill training within 1 week of an acute lumbar disk herniation when he was experiencing considerable pain with unsupported walking and lower-extremity weakness. He continued its use until he adequately improved to allow return to his regular overground running program. This case demonstrates how partial body-weight support can allow aggressive running training early after a lumbar disk injury when normal impact forces cannot be tolerated and when leg weakness is a limitation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)803-805
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2010


  • Case report
  • Exercise therapy
  • Intervertebral disk
  • Rehabilitation
  • Running
  • Weight-bearing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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