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ACE Report #10469
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Feasibility demonstrated for larger trial comparing early PT to delayed PT for lumbar radicular pain


Study Type:Randomized Trial
OE Level Evidence:2
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

Does early intervention improve outcomes in the physiotherapy management of lumbar radicular syndrome? Results of the POLAR pilot randomised controlled trial

BMJ Open. 2018 Jul 28;8(7):e021631. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021631

Contributing Authors: J Cohen SJ Walters A Cole M Reddington SK Baxter

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Synopsis

80 patients with lumbar radicular syndrome and who had presented to their general practitioner were randomized to either early physical therapy beginning within 2 weeks of randomization or to delayed physical therapy started after 6 weeks following randomization. The primary purpose of this study was to explore feasibility measures to inform a potential definitive trial. Results on recruitment, lo...

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