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Title: Discogenic axial back pain: Is there a role for nucleoplasty?
Authors: Kumar, N.S. 
Shah, S.M.
Tan, B.W.L.
Juned, S.
Yao, K.
Keywords: Axial back pain
Degenerate disc disease
Radiofrequency treatment
Issue Date: Dec-2013
Citation: Kumar, N.S., Shah, S.M., Tan, B.W.L., Juned, S., Yao, K. (2013-12). Discogenic axial back pain: Is there a role for nucleoplasty?. Asian Spine Journal 7 (4) : 314-321. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Study Design: A prospective observational study. Purpose: To evaluate the role of nucleoplasty in the management of discogenic axial back pain; to determine the influence of concordant pain during provocative discography, annular tear and loss of disc height on the outcome of nucleoplasty. Overview of Literature: The role of nucleoplasty in the management of radicular leg pain due to disc herniation is known. However, the data regarding its role in the management of discogenic axial back pain is scarce. Methods: A prospective evaluation of 30 patients with discogenic axial back pain undergoing nucleoplasty was performed. Pain, functional disability and quality of life were assessed using the 100 mm visual analogue scale (VAS), Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) and Short Form-36 (SF-36), respectively. Results: The mean reduction in VAS was 31.03 and 29.03; mean reduction in ODI was 24.53 and 20.60; and mean increment in SF-36 was 13.58 and 12.30, at 6 months and at 12 months, respectively. The differences were statistically significant (p
Source Title: Asian Spine Journal
ISSN: 19761902
DOI: 10.4184/asj.2013.7.4.314
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