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Table 3 Self-rated walking ability measured with Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) item four and self-rated walking distance at baseline and after 9 week pre-surgery intervention and between group changes. Changes within groups presented in n (%)

From: Effects of pre-surgery physiotherapy on walking ability and lower extremity strength in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disorder: Secondary outcomes of the PREPARE randomised controlled trial

  PT Waiting-list Between group change
Baseline Follow-up p-Value Baseline Follow-up p-value p-value
ODI item four n = 67 n = 67   n = 75 n = 75   
Pain does not prevent walking 16 (24) 13 (20)   10 (13) 8 (10)   
Walking distance 1 km 19 (28) 32 (47)   28 (38) 27 (36)
Walking distance 500 m 16 (24) 13 (20)   23 (31) 21 (28)
Walking distance 100 m 15 (22) 9 (13)   10 (13) 11 (15)
In need of crutches 1 (2) 0   4 (5) 8 (11)
Mostly bedridden 0 0 0.026 0 0 0.139 0.007
Self-rated walking distance n = 71 n = 71   n = 77 n = 77   
<  100 m 2 (3) 4 (5) 0.046 6 (8) 7 (9) 0.467 0.028
100 till 500 m 34 (48) 25 (35)   31 (40) 32 (41)
0,5 - 1 km 12 (17) 11 (16)   22 (29) 22 (29)
>  1 km 23 (32) 31 (44)   18 (23) 16 (21)
  1. Bold text p < .05