Preoperative education for patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery for radiculopathy

Louw, Adriaan (2006-12)

Thesis (MScPhysio (Physiotherapy))--University of Stellenbosch, 2006.


Postoperative rehabilitation programs have shown little efficacy in decreasing pain and disability in short and long term outcomes for lumbar discectomy. Preoperative education in other disciplines of medicine and physiotherapy has shown to decrease pain and disability postoperatively. No studies to date have been published on preoperative education for spinal lumbar surgery patients with radiculopathy. Objective: The objective of this study was to contribute towards further understanding of the preoperative educational requirements of patients undergoing lumbar surgery for lumbar radiculopthy. Method Two surveys were conducted. A new questionnaire was developed for patients to determine their preoperative educational needs regarding spinal surgery due to radiculopathy. These questionnaires were administered at 4-weeks postoperatively to patients from four spinal surgeons in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area of the US. A second physiotherapist survey was developed and distributed to physiotherapists registered with the Kansas and Missouri State Boards who were actively involved in treating spinal surgery patients in Kansas and Missouri. The data collected from completed questionnaires were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistical tests....

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