‘Physio-EndEA’ Study: A Randomized, Parallel-Group Controlled Trial to Evaluate the Effect of a Supervised and Adapted Therapeutic Exercise Program to Improve Quality of Life in Symptomatic Women Diagnosed with Endometriosis
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AuthorSalinas Asensio, María del Mar; Ocón Hernández, Olga; Mundo López, Antonio; Fernández Lao, Carolina; Peinado Rodríguez, Francisco Manuel; Padilla Vinuesa, Carmen; Postigo Martín, Elisa Paula; Lozano Lozano, Mario; Lara Ramos, Ana; Arroyo Morales, Manuel; Cantarero Villanueva, Irene; Artacho Cordón, Francisco
EndometriosisPhysiotherapyTherapeutic exerciseQuality of lifeMotor controlPain
Salinas-Asensio, M.d.M... [et al.]. ‘Physio- EndEA’ Study: A Randomized, Parallel-Group Controlled Trial to Evaluate the Effect of a Supervised and Adapted Therapeutic Exercise Program to Improve Quality of Life in SymptomaticWomen Diagnosed with Endometriosis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 1738. [https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19031738]
SponsorshipHealth Institute Carlos III (FEDER funds) PI17/01743; PAIDI group; University of Granada
Aim: The ‘Physio-EndEA’ study aims to explore the potential benefits of a therapeutic exercise program (focused on lumbopelvic stabilization and tolerance to exertion) on the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of symptomatic endometriosis women. Design: The present study will use a parallel-group randomized controlled trial design. Methods: A total of 22 symptomatic endometriosis women will be randomized 1:1 to the Physio-EndEA or usual care groups. The ‘Physio-EndEA’ program will consist of a one-week lumbopelvic stabilization learning phase followed by an eight-week phase of stretching, aerobic and resistance exercises focused on the lumbopelvic area that will be sequentially instructed and supervised by a trained physiotherapist (with volume and intensity progression) and adapted daily to the potential of each participant. The primary outcome measure is HRQoL. The secondary outcome measures included clinician-reported outcomes (pressure pain thresholds, muscle thickness and strength, flexibility, body balance and cardiorespiratory fitness) and patient-reported outcomes (pain intensity, physical fitness, chronic fatigue, sexual function, gastrointestinal function and sleep quality). Discussion: Findings of this study will help to identify cost-effective non-pharmacological options (such as this exercise-based intervention) that may contribute to the improvement of HRQoL in symptomatic endometriosis women.