Condition category
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Date applied
19/07/2002
Date assigned
19/07/2002
Last edited
04/10/2007
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Dr Trish Dolan

ORCID ID

Contact details

Anatomy Department
University of Bristol
Southwell Street
Bristol
BS2 8EJ
United Kingdom
+44 (0)117 928 8363
trish.dolan@bris.ac.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

D0571

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

Not Applicable

Study hypothesis

Not provided at time of registration

Ethics approval

Not provided at time of registration

Study design

Randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Hospitals

Trial type

Treatment

Patient information sheet

Condition

Prolapsed intervertebral disc

Intervention

Patients randomised to the Exercise Group receive a 4 week postoperative exercise programme that begins 4 weeks after surgery. They attend the Physiotherapy Department at a local hospital for two 1-hour exercise classes per week over a period of 4 weeks. The classes involve some aerobic exercise but concentrate on exercises for strengthening and mobilising the trunk muscles such as back extension and flexion exercises. Classes are led by a physiotherapist but patients progress at their own pace. Attendance is recorded by the physiotherapist, and compliance with the exercise programme is monitored by means of weekly diary sheets kept by the patient and handed in at the end of the programme.

Control group received care as usual.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Not provided at time of registration

Secondary outcome measures

Not provided at time of registration

Overall trial start date

01/01/1997

Overall trial end date

01/01/1999

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Age between 18 and 65 years
2. Radiological evidence of disc protrusion in a position that correlates with the patient's signs and symptoms
3. Selection for decompression surgery

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

Not provided at time of registration

Participant exclusion criteria

Not provided at time of registration

Recruitment start date

01/01/1997

Recruitment end date

01/01/1999

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Anatomy Department
Bristol
BS2 8EJ
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

Arthritis Research Campaign (ARC) (UK)

Sponsor details

Copeman House
St Mary's Court
St Mary's Gate
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S41 7TD
United Kingdom
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info@arc.org.uk

Sponsor type

Charity

Website

http://www.arc.org.uk

Funders

Funder type

Charity

Funder name

Arthritis Research Campaign (UK)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

Results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=10851101

Publication citations

  1. Results

    Dolan P, Greenfield K, Nelson RJ, Nelson IW, Can exercise therapy improve the outcome of microdiscectomy?, Spine, 2000, 25, 12, 1523-1532.

Additional files

Editorial Notes