Improvement in postoperative and nonoperative spinal patients on a self-report measure of disability: The Spinal Function Sort (SFS)

Richard C. Robinson, Nancy Kishino, Leonard Matheson, Scott Woods, Karin Hoffman, Jennifer Unterberg, Cara Pearson, Laura Adams, Robert J. Gatchel

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The present study was designed to evaluate the clinical utility of the Spinal Function Sort (SFS), in a group of postoperative and nonoperative low back pain patients who completed a functional restoration program. The SFS was administered to 38 spinal pain patients (16 nonoperative and 21 postoperative), before and after completing a functional restoration program. Results revealed that the SFS detected a significant improvement in Ratings of Perceived Capacity scores, and that the postoperative patients appeared to improve more than nonoperative patients. These findings demonstrate the clinical utility of the SFS as an effective assessment tool of functional capacity in both postoperative and nonoperative spinal disorder patients. It provides a time-efficient method for evaluating a patient's functional status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-113
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003



  • Assessment
  • Functional capacity
  • Functional restoration
  • Low back pain
  • Spinal Function Sort
  • Spine surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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