Influence of Early Intensive Rehabilitation on Functional Mobility after Low Back Surgery

Bizheva, Tsvetelina and Lubenova, Daniela and Maznev, Ivan and Grigorova-Petrova, Kristin and Dimitrova, Antoaneta and Vasileva, Dance and Nikolova, Milena (2016) Influence of Early Intensive Rehabilitation on Functional Mobility after Low Back Surgery. Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences, 4 (4). pp. 661-664. ISSN 1857-9655 (online)


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AIM: This research aims to determine the influence of early goal-oriented physical therapy program in combination with educational booklets and standard physical therapy without written instructions on functional mobility outcomes in patients after low back surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty patients with similar functional impairments were randomly divided into two groups, a control group (СG n=10) and an experimental group (EG n=20). The outcome measures include time to move from lying to sitting position, The Timed Up and Go (TUG) test and the six meter walk test. The rehabilitation program includes daily physical therapy with mild to moderate intensity, achieving sitting position and education sessions how to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) from the first day after surgery. RESULTS: There was significant improvement from baseline in two groups for all performed tests (p<0,001). Significant differences between two groups for transfers in bed on discharge (p<0,05), in one month (p<0,01) and for TUG in one month (p<0,05) were found. CONCLUSION: The study revealed that the early rehabilitation program consisting of therapeutic exercises and written educational booklets after low back surgery improved transfer abilities and basic activities in one month.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rehabilitation; Functional Mobility; Surgery; Postoperative period; Educational booklet; Physical therapy
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Clinical medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Dance Vasileva
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2016 14:00
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2016 14:00

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