The effectiveness of motorised lumbar traction in the management of low back pain with limbo sacral nerve root involvement: A feasibility study

Annette Harte, David Baxter, Jackie Gracey

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

8 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Background: Traction is commonly used for the treatment of low back pain (LBP), predominately with nerve root involvement; however its benefits remain to be established. The aim of this study was to test the feasibility of a pragmatic randomized controlled trial to compare the difference between two treatment protocols (manual therapy, exercise and advice, with or without traction) in the management of acute/sub acute LBP with 'nerve root' involvement.Methods: 30 LBP patients with nerve root pain were recruited and randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups. Primary outcome measures were the: McGill pain questionnaire, Roland Morris disability questionnaire, and the SF36 Questionnaire; recorded at baseline, discharge, 3 and 6 months post-discharge.Results: 27 patients completed treatment with a loss of another four patients at follow up. Intention to treat analysis demonstrated an improvement in all outcomes at follow up points but there appeared to be little difference between the groups.Conclusion: This study has shown that a trial recruiting patients with 'nerve root' problems is feasible. Further research based upon a fully powered trial is required to ascertain if the addition of traction has any benefit in the management of these patients.Trial Registration: Registration number: ISRCTN78417198
LanguageEnglish
JournalBMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2007

Fingerprint

Traction
Feasibility Studies
Low Back Pain
Musculoskeletal Manipulations
Intention to Treat Analysis
Neuralgia
Pain Measurement
Clinical Protocols
Therapeutics
Randomized Controlled Trials
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Exercise
Research
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Low back pain
  • Physical Therapy
  • Traction
  • Rehabilitation
  • Nerve Root

Cite this

@article{efab69b4803340359e83beb2fc7b3319,
title = "The effectiveness of motorised lumbar traction in the management of low back pain with limbo sacral nerve root involvement: A feasibility study",
abstract = "Background: Traction is commonly used for the treatment of low back pain (LBP), predominately with nerve root involvement; however its benefits remain to be established. The aim of this study was to test the feasibility of a pragmatic randomized controlled trial to compare the difference between two treatment protocols (manual therapy, exercise and advice, with or without traction) in the management of acute/sub acute LBP with 'nerve root' involvement.Methods: 30 LBP patients with nerve root pain were recruited and randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups. Primary outcome measures were the: McGill pain questionnaire, Roland Morris disability questionnaire, and the SF36 Questionnaire; recorded at baseline, discharge, 3 and 6 months post-discharge.Results: 27 patients completed treatment with a loss of another four patients at follow up. Intention to treat analysis demonstrated an improvement in all outcomes at follow up points but there appeared to be little difference between the groups.Conclusion: This study has shown that a trial recruiting patients with 'nerve root' problems is feasible. Further research based upon a fully powered trial is required to ascertain if the addition of traction has any benefit in the management of these patients.Trial Registration: Registration number: ISRCTN78417198",
keywords = "Low back pain, Physical Therapy, Traction, Rehabilitation, Nerve Root",
author = "Annette Harte and David Baxter and Jackie Gracey",
year = "2007",
month = "11",
day = "29",
doi = "10.1186/1471-2474-8-118",
language = "English",
volume = "8",
journal = "BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders",
issn = "1471-2474",
publisher = "BioMed Central",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The effectiveness of motorised lumbar traction in the management of low back pain with limbo sacral nerve root involvement: A feasibility study

AU - Harte, Annette

AU - Baxter, David

AU - Gracey, Jackie

PY - 2007/11/29

Y1 - 2007/11/29

N2 - Background: Traction is commonly used for the treatment of low back pain (LBP), predominately with nerve root involvement; however its benefits remain to be established. The aim of this study was to test the feasibility of a pragmatic randomized controlled trial to compare the difference between two treatment protocols (manual therapy, exercise and advice, with or without traction) in the management of acute/sub acute LBP with 'nerve root' involvement.Methods: 30 LBP patients with nerve root pain were recruited and randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups. Primary outcome measures were the: McGill pain questionnaire, Roland Morris disability questionnaire, and the SF36 Questionnaire; recorded at baseline, discharge, 3 and 6 months post-discharge.Results: 27 patients completed treatment with a loss of another four patients at follow up. Intention to treat analysis demonstrated an improvement in all outcomes at follow up points but there appeared to be little difference between the groups.Conclusion: This study has shown that a trial recruiting patients with 'nerve root' problems is feasible. Further research based upon a fully powered trial is required to ascertain if the addition of traction has any benefit in the management of these patients.Trial Registration: Registration number: ISRCTN78417198

AB - Background: Traction is commonly used for the treatment of low back pain (LBP), predominately with nerve root involvement; however its benefits remain to be established. The aim of this study was to test the feasibility of a pragmatic randomized controlled trial to compare the difference between two treatment protocols (manual therapy, exercise and advice, with or without traction) in the management of acute/sub acute LBP with 'nerve root' involvement.Methods: 30 LBP patients with nerve root pain were recruited and randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups. Primary outcome measures were the: McGill pain questionnaire, Roland Morris disability questionnaire, and the SF36 Questionnaire; recorded at baseline, discharge, 3 and 6 months post-discharge.Results: 27 patients completed treatment with a loss of another four patients at follow up. Intention to treat analysis demonstrated an improvement in all outcomes at follow up points but there appeared to be little difference between the groups.Conclusion: This study has shown that a trial recruiting patients with 'nerve root' problems is feasible. Further research based upon a fully powered trial is required to ascertain if the addition of traction has any benefit in the management of these patients.Trial Registration: Registration number: ISRCTN78417198

KW - Low back pain

KW - Physical Therapy

KW - Traction

KW - Rehabilitation

KW - Nerve Root

U2 - 10.1186/1471-2474-8-118

DO - 10.1186/1471-2474-8-118

M3 - Article

VL - 8

JO - BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

T2 - BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

JF - BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

SN - 1471-2474

ER -