Exercise may be beneficial for patients with chronic severe sciatica who would normally qualify for surgery
- 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, New York University, New York, USA
- 2Department of Rheumatology, Hospital Cantonal Fribourg and Geneva University, Switzerland
- Correspondence to: Dr Margareta C Nordin
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, New York University, NYU/HJD/OIOC, 63 Downing Street, New York, NY 10014, USA;
The role of conservative treatment and exercise still remain uncertain for severe sciatica.
This prospective single-blind, randomised, controlled trial compares two active exercise programmes for patients with severe sciatica. In the county of Funen, patients are referred by general practitioners, rheumatologists or chiropractors to a state funded regional facility ‘Back Center Funen’ for specialty care. The two treatment arms proposed are identical except for the exercise regimens; both groups received thorough information (anatomy of the spine, the pathogenesis of a herniated disc and the natural healing process); a special emphasis was made on the positive prognosis of sciatica. The exercise regimens differed; …