Affiliations: [a] Department of Traumatology, Hand- and Reconstructive Surgery of the Universitity of Ulm, Ulm, Germany | [b] Department of Orthopedic Rehabilitation Saulgau, Siebenkreuzerweg 18, 88348 Saulgau, Germany
Correspondence to: Senior physician Dr. med. Ralf Eisele, Department of Traumatology, Hand- and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Ulm, Steinhövelstr. 9, 89075 Ulm, Germany. Tel.: +49 731 502 7350; Fax: +49 731 502 7948.
Abstract: Introduction:This prospective clinical observation analyses the effects of postoperative standard in-hospital physiotherapy after surgery of a symptomatic (paralysis) lumbar discal hernia. Material and methods:From 1994 to 1996, 40 patients were investigated using a 3-D-motion-analaysis of the spine as well as a surface electromyography (EMG) of the paralumbar muscle 4 weeks after microsurgery of a hernia of L4/L5 or L5/S1. As a control, 40 healthy individuals were investigated. Results:There was only a tendency toward reduced segment mobility in the patient group. During dynamic excercises (walking) the differences in the muscle activity were low while isometric excercises showed obvious muscle activity deficiency in patients. Conclusion:There might be a benefit from dynamic exercises such as walking or even jogging for patients after surgery of a symptomatic lumbar hernia.