This calculator shows possible patient results for physical activity, pain and overall health after surgical or non-surgical treatment for low back related pain. The data used come from the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT)*. This tool is for people whose doctor has told them that they have one of the diagnoses listed below.
Sciatica/Ruptured Disc (Herniated Disc): A vertebral disc is a soft gel-like structure with a normally strong covering that sits between each vertebra in your back and acts like a cushion. A herniated disc happens when this disc has broken down and part of it is pressing on a nerve. The pressure causes pain that most often runs from your back through your buttocks and down one leg.
Pinched Nerve (Spinal Stenosis): This is usually from arthritis in the back. The pain is generally in the lower back and it may also shoot down your leg from your buttocks when walking, but not sitting.
Slipped Vertebra (Degenerative Spondylolisthesis or DS): DS is a condition in which one or more vertebrae move out of place, usually forward, and cause pain similar to that felt with spinal stenosis (see above).
This calculator does not apply to other diagnoses or to a combination of diagnoses.