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Evidence-based evaluation and current practice of non-operative treatment strategies for lumbar stenosis.
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PMID:  22359977     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVE: A number of non-operative treatment protocols have been proposed in the literature for lumbar stenosis. However, the available primary research describes inadequately the employed protocol. This causes difficulties in distinguishing which interventions are more effective in reducing symptoms.
METHODS: We reviewed existing studies in order to promote the construction of an evidence-based strategy for non-operative treatment rehabilitation of lumbar stenosis patients. Randomized controlled trials describing insufficiently the non-operative treatment rehabilitation protocols were excluded since the results may not direct this review towards a favorable treatment plan.
RESULTS: A protocol has been outlined to inform the clinician and to elucidate the effectiveness of non-operative treatment through randomized controlled trials. The results of this study indicate that a comprehensive exercise and manual therapy protocol is more effective in reducing symptoms than a less intensive exercise program.
CONCLUSIONS: A comprehensive non-operative treatment comprising of flexion exercises, manual therapy and treadmill exercises appears to be more beneficial in reducing symptoms than a less vigorous program comprising of flexion exercises, treadmill training and home exercise.
Konstantine C Balakatounis; Kalomoira A Panagiotopoulou; Evanthia A Mitsiokapa; Andreas F Mavrogenis; Antonios G Angoules; Jannis Papathanasiou; Panayiotis J Papagelopoulos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Folia medica     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0204-8043     ISO Abbreviation:  Folia Med (Plovdiv)     Publication Date:    2011 Jul-Sep
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-02-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984761R     Medline TA:  Folia Med (Plovdiv)     Country:  Bulgaria    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  5-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Therapy, Filoktitis Medical Center, Center of Excellence in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Athens, Greece.
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