Use of the short physical performance battery and step monitoring to evaluate improvements after epidural steroid injections in an elderly patient

Rene Przkora, Steven Fisher, Nicolas Von Der Hoeh, Christoph Eckhard Heyde, Jesus David Dominguez, Marc O. Maybauer, Elena Volpi

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Abstract Treatment options for symptomatic lumbar spinal stenosis are limited in elderly patients. Injection therapies, such as lumbar epidural steroid injections, are one accepted alternative; however, objective evidence is usually not reported. We describe the use of the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) and step count monitoring for the first time to demonstrate physical improvements in our patient with lumbar stenosis. The patient underwent two lumbar epidural steroid injections. Pain scores, the SPPB, and step count monitoring were measured at baseline and prior to and after each injection. Improvements were noted in the numerical pain score, the walk test, and the step count.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number139
Pages (from-to)68-70
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Gerontology and Geriatrics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015



  • activities of daily living
  • balance
  • dependence
  • function
  • older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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