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Effect of Neurodynamics on Pain and Paresthesia in Post-operated Patients with Lumbar Disc Herniation

대한물리치료학회지 2020년 32권 2호 p.80 ~ 87
장기룡 ( Jang Ki-Ryong ) - S Pohang Hospital Department of Physical Therapy

박지원 ( Park Ji-Won ) - Daegu Catholic University College of Bio and Medical Science Department of Physical Therapy
남기석 ( Nam Ki-Seok ) - Yeungnam University College Department of Physical Therapy

Abstract


Purpose: Some patients who have undergone surgery due to lumbar disc herniation still complain of leg pain and other abnormal sensations. Therefore, the study examined the effects of the neurodynamics on pain and other abnormal nerve sensations in post-operated patients with lumbar disc herniation.

Methods: The participants of this study comprised 20 adults (10 males and 10 females) who were diagnosed with lumbar disc herniation. The subjects were classified into two groups of 10 patients each in the lower extremity neurodynamics (LEN) and lumbar stabilization exercise (LSE) groups. Each intervention was applied twice a day for one week and was composed of two different exercise patterns; one was applied by a therapist, and the other was performed by the patients themselves. The data were analyzed using assessment methods of Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), Toronto clinical neuropathy scoring system (TCNSS), Sympathetic Skin Response (SSR) test, and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) scale.

Results: Significant differences in TCNSS, DITI, ODI scale were observed between the LEN and LSE group (p<0.01). On the other hand, there was no significant difference in the SSR test between pre and post-treatment (p>0.05).

Conclusion: The results indicated that neurodynamics treatment is effective in pain reduction and abnormal sensations, such as leg muscle cramps, in post-operated patients with lumbar disc herniation.

키워드

Neurodynamics; Lumbar disc herniation; Paresthesia
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