Physical therapy yields similar physical function to surgery in lumbar spinal stenosis
Surgery versus nonsurgical treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis: a randomized trialAnn Intern Med. 2015 Apr 7;162(7):465-73
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169 patients, aged 50 years or older, who were considered surgical candidates for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) received either surgical decompression or 6 weeks of physical therapy. Physical function scores (SF-36) were assessed after treatment and during the 2-year follow-up period. Both groups achieved similar improvements in physical function and symptom relief using intention-to-treat analyses...
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