Yellow flag on prognostic factors for non-specific chronic low back pain patients subjected to mini-invasive treatment: a cohort study

Monica Zackova, Raffaele Aspide, Anita Braghittoni, Corrado Zenesini, Giorgio Palandri

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Abstract

Objectives: Research was conducted to study the efficacy of analgesic infiltration treatment in a well-selected population of patients with non-specific drug-resistant chronic low back pain. It studied the pain on a numeric rating scale and the physical and mental condition of patients using a short-form health survey-36, before and six months after invasive pain treatment. Design: This is a prospective observational single center cohort study. Setting: The study took place in the Multimodal Pain Therapy Unit of the IRCCS Institute of Neurological Sciences in Bologna, Italy. Subjects: Four hundred and thirteen out of a total 538 patients admitted to the unit with non-specific drug-resistant chronic low back pain were enrolled in the study. Method: Patients were enrolled with written consent between April 2017 and November 2018. The study assessed NRS, BDI and SF-36 scores before and six months after mini-invasive treatment. Results: There is an inverse correlation between Mental Component Scale (MCS) and Physical component scale as measured by SF-36. Older patients in a worse physical condition but with a more positive outlook on their quality of life were more likely to improve after invasive treatment (p < 0.001). The BDI scale is more effective in the diagnosis of depression than MCS. Conclusions: The prognostic value of MCS given to the patient before mini-invasive treatment could lead physicians to adopt a multimodal approach that includes consideration of the psychological features of pain and possibly antidepressant therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1879-1886
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Spine Journal
Volume29
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2020

Keywords

  • Chronic low back pain
  • Drug resistance
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Mental component scale
  • Pain management
  • Physical component scale
  • SF-36

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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