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      Intensive interdisciplinary outpatient pain management program for chronic back pain: a pilot study

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          Abstract

          Background

          Chronic back pain is relatively resistant to unimodal therapy regimes. The aim of this study was to introduce and evaluate the short-term outcome of a three-week intensive multidisciplinary outpatient program for patients with back pain and sciatica, measured according to decrease of functional impairment and pain.

          Methods

          The program was designed for patients suffering from chronic back pain to provide intensive interdisciplinary therapy in an outpatient setting, consisting of interventional injection techniques, medication, exercise therapy, back education, ergotherapy, traction, massage therapy, medical training, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, aquatraining, and relaxation.

          Results

          Based on Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) and Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) scores, a significant improvement in pain intensity and functionality of 66.83% NRS and an ODI of 33.33% were achieved by our pain program within 3 weeks.

          Conclusion

          This paper describes the organization and short-term outcome of an intensive multidisciplinary program for chronic back pain on an outpatient basis provided by our orthopedic department, with clinically significant results.

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          Journal
          J Pain Res
          J Pain Res
          Journal of Pain Research
          Dove Medical Press
          1178-7090
          2012
          03 July 2012
          : 5
          : 209-216
          Affiliations
          Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Ulm, RKU, Germany
          Author notes
          Correspondence: Juraj Artner, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Ulm, RKU, Oberer Eselsberg 45, 89081 Ulm, Germany, Tel +49 73 1177 5111, Fax +49 73 1177 1184, Email j.artner@ 123456gmail.com
          Article
          jpr-5-209
          10.2147/JPR.S31754
          3401987
          22826641
          © 2012 Artner et al, publisher and licensee Dove Medical Press Ltd.

          This is an Open Access article which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, provided the original work is properly cited.

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          Original Research

          Anesthesiology & Pain management

          intense, outpatient, chronic back pain, program, multidisciplinary

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