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Table 3 Evaluation and Clinical Decision Making

From: Management of patients with prior lumbar fusion: a cross-sectional survey of Veterans Affairs chiropractors’ attitudes, beliefs, and practices

Characteristic Mean (SD) or Number (%)
Appropriate Number of Treatments to Reach MTB
 1–3 1 (1.6)
 4–6 7 (11.3)
 7–9 24 (38.7)
 10–12 26 (41.9)
  ≥ 13 4 (6.5)
Typical Imaging Requirements for Patients with Prior Lumbar Fusion (Missing = 2)
 No Specific Requirement 10 (16.7)
 Lumbar Radiograph (AP/Lateral/Oblique) 33 (55)
 Lumbar Radiograph (Flexion/Extension) 21 (35)
 CT Scan 1 (1.7)
 MRI with Contrast 6 (10)
Earliest Initiation of Thrust Manipulation Following L4–5 Fusion Surgery (Lumbar Region) (Missing = 9)
 1 Month 0 (0.0)
 6 Months 11 (20.8)
 1 Year 25 (47.2)
  ≥ 2 Years 4 (7.5)
 Never 13 (24.5)
Earliest Initiation of Thrust Manipulation Following L4–5 Fusion Surgery (Thoracic and/or Pelvic Regions) (Missing = 12)
 1 Month 5 (10.0)
 6 Months 32 (64.0)
 1 Year 12 (24.0)
  ≥ 2 Years 0 (0)
 Never 1 (0.2)
Educational Materials Regularly Provided to Patient (Missing = 1)
 Written Materials 16 (26.2)
 Online Resources 10 (16.4)
 Not Regularly Provided 35 (57.4)
Communication with Spinal Surgeon for post fusion patients (Missing = 1)
 I don’t receive/accept referrals for post fusion patients 5 (8.2)
 1 time per day 0 (0)
 1 time per week 1 (1.6)
 1 time per month 11 (18.0)
 1 time per year 15 (24.6)
  < 1 time per year 29 (47.5)
Communication with Referring Provider for post fusion patients (Missing = 1)
 I don’t receive/accept referrals for this population 3 (4.9)
 1 time per day 0 (0)
 1 time per week 4 (6.6)
 1 time per month 30 (49.2)
 1 time per year 15 (24.6)
  < 1 time per year 9 (14.8)
  1. MMI Maximum Therapeutic Benefit