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J Neurol. 2003 Jun;250(6):746-9.

A prospective trial of mechanical physiotherapy for lumbar disk prolapse.

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Department of Neurology, University of Tübingen, Medical School, Hoppe-Seyler-Str. 3, Germany.

Abstract

Fifty consecutive patients with neuroradiologically confirmed lumbar disk prolapse, who responded to the first five daily physiotherapy sessions with pain centralization, were prospectively treated with mechanical physiotherapy (McKenzie). At a median follow-up of 55 weeks, there were high rates of patient satisfaction, recovery from neurological deficits, and employment, and a low rate of surgical interventions. Mechanical physiotherapy is thus a useful diagnostic tool and an effective treatment strategy for many patients with lumbar disk disease.

PMID:
12796839
DOI:
10.1007/s00415-003-1077-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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