Our aim is to assess usability and compliance of a wireless pedometer for monitoring step
count after a lumbar epidural steroid injection for the treatment of radicular pain in low
back pain patients. Our main hypothesis is to demonstrate pedometer measured step count can
be used to measure efficacy of pain interventions.
- 18 years of age and older
- Patients receiving lumbar epidural steroid injections as pain management to be
scheduled at least one week away (-2 days/1 month).
- Patients who are able to understand how the Fitbit instrument works and are willing to
consent to the study.
- Patient who used web-based communication frequently, e.g. Email.
- Patients who can speak, understand, and write in English.
- Prior MRI or an appointment to obtain an MRI prior to the procedure.
- Workers' compensation cases.
- Patient does not have a computer at home.
- Non-ambulatory patients.
- Patients who have received a lumbar epidural steroid injection in the past 6 months.
- Nursing or pregnant women.
Robert Griffin, MD, PhD
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York