Does the outcome 2 months after lumbar disc surgery predict the outcome 12 months later?

@article{Hakkinen2003DoesTO,
  title={Does the outcome 2 months after lumbar disc surgery predict the outcome 12 months later?},
  author={Arja Hakkinen and Jari Ylinen and Hannu Kautiainen and Olavi Airaksinen and Arto Herno and Ilkka Kiviranta},
  journal={Disability and rehabilitation},
  year={2003},
  volume={25 17},
  pages={968-72}
}
PURPOSE To assess the prognostic value of some preoperative and early post-operative indicators in the prediction of disability 14 months after lumbar disc surgery. METHODS Of 173 patients, who had participated in baseline measurements, 145 (84%) attended the 14-month follow-up. Before surgery the duration and intensity of pain was assessed. Follow-up questionnaires were completed during check-ups and included items on pain (VAS), Oswestry and Million disability indices, depression (BDS) and… CONTINUE READING

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