2009 Volume 15 Issue 1 Pages 190-196
This study investigated in detail the disabilities of 122 patients with residual symptoms after herniotomy for lumbar disc herniation. Ten cases showed exacerbation of symptoms two weeks after discharge. Thirty cases showing good results at surgery were also selected as the control group. Disabilities were evaluated using ODI and ODI sub-score. In general, ODI sub-scores of the exacerbation group, especially that for "sitting", were significantly higher than those of a control group. In addition, patients showing higher scores for "sitting" and "lifting" had increased lumbar pain and could not return to work early. This study indicated that suitable exercise and daily habits can prevent exacerbation of symptoms after discharge.