Estado funcional de pacientes com quadro crônico de ciatalgia: Functional status of patients with chronic sciatica

Renato Santos de Almeida, Eduardo Machado, Leticia Amaral Corrêa, Raíza de Sousa Cabral, Vivian Pinto de Almeida, Leandro Alberto Calazans Nogueira

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Introduction: Persistent back pain and sciatica are common complaint in the general population. Back pain is widely studied, but the functional status of sciatica patients is poorly described. Objective: The aim of this study was to describe the functional status of patients with sciatica. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 44 sciatica patients. The patients filled a Numeric Rating Pain Scale (NRPS) and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI). A physical examination was performed with clinical examination and functional tests: ten meters walk test (TWT) and Lumbar Movement Impairment. A descriptive statistics and variables correlation was performed. Results: The mean age observed was 58.1 years, with a high intensity (NRPS = 7.57) and duration (31.22 months) of pain levels. Self-perceived disability average was 32.79% and lower walking speed was observed on 97.7% of the sample. Pain intensity, lifting, standing, and siting section were the most impaired sections. The most prevalent lumbar syndrome was rotation with extension (48.6%). Body mass index and gait performance were correlated. Conclusion: The walking speed and functional capacity are affected in patients with sciatica.
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)3-12
Number of pages10
JournalFisioterapia Brasil
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • sciatica
  • disability valuation
  • physical therapy specialties
  • walking

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