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Spine fusion for discogenic low back pain: outcomes in patients treated with or without pulsed electromagnetic field stimulation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11010056     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sixty-one randomly selected patients who underwent lumbar fusion surgeries for discogenic low back pain between 1987 and 1994 were retrospectively studied. All patients had failed to respond to preoperative conservative treatments. Forty-two patients received adjunctive therapy with pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) stimulation, and 19 patients received no electrical stimulation of any kind. Average follow-up time was 15.6 months postoperatively. Fusion succeeded in 97.6% of the PEMF group and in 52.6% of the unstimulated group (P < .001). The observed agreement between clinical and radiographic outcome was 75%. The use of PEMF stimulation enhances bony bridging in lumbar spinal fusions. Successful fusion underlies a good clinical outcome in patients with discogenic low back pain.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances in therapy     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0741-238X     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Ther     Publication Date:    2000 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-09-06     Completed Date:  2000-09-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8611864     Medline TA:  Adv Ther     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  57-67     Citation Subset:  T    
Richardson Orthopaedic Surgery, Texas 75080, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Electric Stimulation Therapy*
Electromagnetic Fields*
Intervertebral Disk Displacement / surgery*
Low Back Pain / surgery*
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Spinal Fusion / rehabilitation*
Treatment Outcome

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