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Rehabilitation Post Lumbar Microdiscectomy

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kornelia Kulig, University of Southern California Identifier:
First received: March 21, 2006
Last updated: March 30, 2017
Last verified: March 2017
The purpose of this study is to determine whether a rehabilitation program following lumbar microdiscectomy influences short-term (4 months) and long-term (up to 5 years)outcomes in quality of life, activity and endurance.

Condition Intervention Phase
Low Back Disorder Procedure: Other: Exercise Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Outcomes Assessor
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Kornelia Kulig, University of Southern California:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • ODI [ Time Frame: pre and post intervention ]

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Actual Study Start Date: June 2003
Study Completion Date: August 2014
Primary Completion Date: August 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Procedure: Other: Exercise
    exercise 3 times per week for 12 weeks
    Other Name: exercise 3 times per week for 12 weeks
Detailed Description:

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18-60 years old
  • Single level lumbar microdiscectomy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Potential subjects will be excluded is they exhibit symptoms suggestive of facet arthrosis or neurogenic claudication, or if their plain radiographs showed more than 50 percent loss of disc height at the relevant level.
  • Patients in whom the protrusion occupied more than 50 percent of the sagittal diameter of the spinal canal or in whom sequestrated fragments were seen on MRI will also be excluded.

Other exclusion criteria will include:

  • Previous back surgeries
  • Presence of any other concurrent foot pathology besides leg and low back pain and associated single level disc injury
  • Nervous system problems (e.g., stroke, dementia, seizures)
  • Cognitive dysfunction (e.g. TBI, CVA, Alzheimer's)
  • Uncontrolled cardiovascular disease
  • Evidence of cord compression
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Infection
  • Severe respiratory disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Rheumatic joint disease
  • Peripheral vascular disease with sensory loss of the foot
  • Any condition that the subject identifies that might limit participation in physical activity
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00306423

United States, California
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90089
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Southern California
Study Director: Kornelia Kulig, PhD, PT University of Southern California
  More Information

Responsible Party: Kornelia Kulig, Professor, University of Southern California Identifier: NCT00306423     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: #025027
Study First Received: March 21, 2006
Last Updated: March 30, 2017

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exercise processed this record on June 23, 2017