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Human Studies

2022 Nov 10

World Neurosurg

Prevalence of Long-term Low Back Pain After Symptomatic Lumbar Disc Herniation.


Wong T, Patel A, Golub D, Kirnaz S, Goldberg JL, Sommer F, Schmidt FA, Nangunoori R, Hussain I, Härtl R
World Neurosurg. 2022 Nov 10.
PMID: 36372321.


Lumbar disc herniation (LDH) is a global issue associated with potentially debilitating long-term consequences, including chronic low back pain (LBP). Short-term outcomes (< 2 years) of LDH patients have been extensively studied and demonstrate improvements in back and leg pain for both operative and conservative management. However, these improvements may not be sustained long-term (>2 years); LDH patients may develop recurrent disc herniations, progressive degenerative disc disease, and LBP regardless of management strategy. Therefore, our objective is to determine the prevalence of chronic LBP after LDH, understand the relationship between LDH and chronic LBP, and investigate the relationship between radiological findings and postoperative pain outcomes.