Sciatica is one of the most common lumbar spine disorders with a life time incidence of 12 to 40%. The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc. Sciatica is associated with significant morbidity. Back problems rank, certainly in the industrialized countries, as one of the most costly and ubiquitous medical problems. Despite this heavy burden, the diagnostic process of sciatica and prediction of prognosis is insufficiently evidence-based. The main objective of this thesis is to reveal unknown parts of the diagnosis and prognosis of sciatica.

B.W. Koes (Bart) , W.C. Peul (Wilco)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
The work presented in this thesis was partly funded by a program grant of the Dutch Arthritis Foundation. This thesis is partly based on the data from the Sciatica Trial (LUMC) and the LRS trial (Erasmus MC). The Sciatica Trial was funded by a grant from the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMW) and the Hoelen Foundation, The Hague. The LRS Trial was funded by the Dutch Health Care Insurance Board (CvZ). Printing of this thesis was financially supported by (1) the Department of General Practice of the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam; (2) the Erasmus University Rotterdam; (3) the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy (KNGF); (4) the SBOH, employer of GP trainees.
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Verwoerd, A. (2015, May 26). Diagnosis and Prognosis of Sciatica. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/78162