The Somatic Connection  |   May 2016
Significant Benefit Shown After Lumbar Disk Surgery Rehabilitation by Inclusion of Osteopathic Intervention
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  • University of California, San Diego School of Medicine 
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The Somatic Connection   |   May 2016
Significant Benefit Shown After Lumbar Disk Surgery Rehabilitation by Inclusion of Osteopathic Intervention
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2016, Vol. 116, 326. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.066
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2016, Vol. 116, 326. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.066
Kim BJ, Ahn J, Cho H, Kim D, Kim T, Yoon B. Rehabilitation with osteopathic manipulative treatment after disc surgery: a randomized, controlled pilot study. Int J Osteopath Med. 2015;18:181-188. doi:10.1016/j.ijosm.2014.11.003. 
The use of osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMTh; manipulative care provided by foreign-trained osteopaths) in postoperative rehabilitation after lumbar microdiskectomy was compared with a standard exercise program in a major metropolitan hospital in Seoul, South Korea. A total of 33 patients aged 25 to 65 years were randomly assigned to the OMTh group (n=16) or exercise group (n=17). 
Inclusion criteria were low back pain with referred leg pain caused by imagery-verified herniated intervertebral disk at spinal levels L3-4, L4-5, and L5-S1. Eight patients had more than 1 herniated disk. There were no statistically significant differences between the groups. 
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