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Patients' experience of health three years after structured physiotherapy or surgery for lumbar disc herniation
Department of Orthopaedics, Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden .
Department of Orthopaedics, Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden .
Department of Orthopaedics, Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden .
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Nursing Sciences.
2013 (English)In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, ISSN 1650-1977, E-ISSN 1651-2081, Vol. 45, no 3, p. 293-299Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: To describe the experience of health among patients 3 years after treatment with a structured physiotherapy model or surgery for lumbar disc herniation. Design: A qualitative research study. Subjects/patients: Patients were referred to the orthopaedic clinic at Sahlgrenska University Hospital with sciatica due to lumbar disc herniation. Twenty patients who were eligible for surgery were treated either with a structured physiotherapy model or with surgery. Methods: Open-ended interviews were conducted and analysed using content analysis. Results: Findings were grouped into two themes: feeling of well-being and feeling of ill-being. In the group treated with structured physiotherapy there were a high number of codes in the feeling of well-being theme. In the group treated with surgery there were a high number of codes in the feeling of ill-being theme. Conclusion: Patients treated with structured physiotherapy or surgery experienced feelings of well-being and ill-being 3 years after treatment. Patients treated with physiotherapy and surgery described varying experiences of health 3 years after treatment for lumbar disc herniation. It can be speculated that the experience of well-being may be explained by the ability of structured physiotherapy treatments to empower patients.

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2013. Vol. 45, no 3, p. 293-299
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Intervertebral disc displacement, Physical therapy modalities and surgery, Qualitative research (content analysis), Rehabilitation
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Physiotherapy Orthopaedics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-18975DOI: 10.2340/16501977-1105ISI: 000316505800010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84876002420OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-18975DiVA, id: diva2:622639
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:doi 10.2340/16501977-1105

Available from: 2013-05-22 Created: 2013-05-22 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved

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