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Table 3 Comparison of numeric rating scale for neck and radiating arm pain and neck disability index score in long term follow-up group and non-long term follow-up group

From: Long term follow-up of cervical intervertebral disc herniation inpatients treated with integrated complementary and alternative medicine: a prospective case series observational study

  Long term follow-up group (n = 117) Non-long term follow-up group (n = 48)
  Baseline (admission) Short term follow-up (discharge) Long term follow-up Baseline (admission) Short term follow-up (discharge)
NRS, neck pain 5.9 ± 2.29 3.19 ± 2.08 2.74 ± 2.27 5.81 ± 2.4 2.98 ± 2.03
 Diff (95 % CI)a   2.71 (2.33, 3.09) 3.15 (2.67, 3.64)   2.83 (2.22, 3.45)
NRS, radiating arm pain 4.8 ± 3.09 2.47 ± 2.09 2.16 ± 2.43 5.38 ± 2.69 2.9 ± 2.32
 Diff (95 % CI)a   2.33 (1.9, 2.77) 2.64 (1.99, 3.29)   2.48 (1.84, 3.12)
Neck disability index 40.57 ± 15.94 25.96 ± 16.06 - 40.24 ± 15.18 25.38 ± 14.59
 Diff (95 % CI)a   14.6 (11.89, 17.32) -   14.86 (10.41, 19.3)
  1. NRS Numeric rating scale
  2. aDifference from baseline (95 % confidence interval)