Prospective functional evaluation of the surgical treatment of neurogenic claudication in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis

J. Tenhula, L. G. Lenke, K. H. Bridwell, P. Gupta, D. Riew

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Abstract

A prospective evaluation of patients with lumbar spinal stenosis undergoing operative treatment was performed using treadmill-bicycle functional testing as well as Oswestry and Visual Analog Pain scales for self-assessment. Thirty-two patients undergoing spinal stenosis decompression with and without a concomitant spinal fusion were prospectively evaluated, preoperatively and a minimum of 2 years postoperatively. Surgical treatment was demonstrated to produce significant improvement in walking ability, and to a lesser degree, in the ability to bicycle 2 years postoperatively. Improvement in patient function demonstrated on the Oswestry questionnaire correlated with decreased pain observed on the Visual Analog Pain scale. The treadmill-bicycle test appears to be a useful tool for the differential diagnosis of neurogenic claudication and may be used as an objective test of postoperative outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-282
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Spinal Disorders
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bicycle test
  • Oswestry questionnaire
  • Stenosis
  • Treadmill
  • Visual analog pain scale

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