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An outcome measurement of lumbar laminotomy, discectomy or microdiscectomy surgeries and the utilization or non-utilization of physical therapy

1 May 1994


This study was a retrospective, two group design that obtained 231 potential subjects from 16 physicians. Questionnaires were mailed to subjects 6 months post lumbar laminotomy, discectomy or microdiscectomy surgery. One-hundred and one subjects, 57 male, 40 female, and 4 unknown with a mean age of 42.09 were divided into 2 groups. Group A (51 subjects) did not receive physical therapy following discharge from the hospital. Group B (50 subjects) obtained physical therapy or went to back school following discharge. The questionnaire investigated 4 main aspects of patient recovery: perceived pain, use of pain medications, return to work status and activities of daily living. No statistical significance was found between the two groups based on the 4 main aspects of patient recovery. Because the selection for physical therapy or no physical therapy was not based upon random selection, we cannot compare the two groups and cannot conclude that physical therapy is or is not beneficial.


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