Disability after anterior decompression and fusion for cervical disc disease
2002 (English)In: Advances in Physiotherapy, ISSN 1403-8196, E-ISSN 1651-1948, Vol. 4, no 3, 111-124 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Few prospective studies on outcome have been conducted with respect to disability after anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF), and the need for further rehabilitation after surgery is unknown. Thirty-four patients with cervical disc disease verified by magnetic resonance imaging were included before ACDF with a cervical carbon fibre intervertebral fusion cage. Measurements took place the day before, 6 months and 1 year after surgery, and consisted of both objective and subjective measurements. The results showed a significant improvement from surgery in neck muscle endurance in flexion, neck strength in lateral flexion, some of the pain variables, numbness, neck specific disability, change in general health and symptom satisfaction at the 1-year follow-up. Except for worsening in general health, there were no significant differences between the 6-month and the 1-year follow-up. Despite improvement in several of the variables, about one-third of the patients had deficits in the objective measurements and about two-thirds had deficits in the subjective variables. Only five patients were without neck problems according to average pain, the Neck Disability Index and general health. This suggests that there is still a great need for improvement both of the surgical procedure and the rehabilitation afterwards.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2002. Vol. 4, no 3, 111-124 p.
Cervical radiculopathy, Neck, Outcome, Rehabilitation, Spine, Surgery
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46883DOI: 10.1080/140381902320387531OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-46883DiVA: diva2:267779