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ACE Report #66
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No additional benefit of physical therapy added to nerve block for sciatica treatment

Study Type:Therapy
OE Level Evidence:2
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

A pilot study examining the effectiveness of physical therapy as an adjunct to selective nerve root block in the treatment of lumbar radicular pain from disk herniation: A randomized controlled trial

Physical Therapy; 2010; 90; 1717-1729

Contributing Authors: A Thackeray JM Fritz GP Brennan FM Zaman SE Willick

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44 patients with lower back pain (LBP) and sciatica were randomized to receive either 4 weeks of physical therapy or no physical therapy, along with the selective nerve root block (SNRB) treatment. Results indicated that physical therapy intervention in addition to selective nerve root blocks did not offer any additional benefit over the SNRB alone.

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