Comparison of usual surgical advice versus a nonaggravating six-month gym-based exercise rehabilitation program post–lumbar discectomy: results at one-year follow-up

Barry L. Donaldson, Edward A. Shipton, Grahame Inglis, Darren Rivett and Chris Frampton

This randomized clinical trial compares management regimes after lumbar discectomies. The outcomes of a formal postsurgical exercise-based rehabilitation when compared with the usual rehabilitative surgical advice were evaluated.  The results show that there was no statistical advantage gained by the group that performed the 6-month supervised nonaggravating exercise program at 1-year follow-up. They did, however, have fewer days off work.

The Spine Journal, Volume 6, Issue 4, July-August 2006, Pages 357-363

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