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    Physical Therapy May Be Just as Good as Surgery for Some
    atti_editor posted:
    "Physical therapy may be just as good as surgery for older adults with a type of chronic lower back pain, new research suggests.

    Standard treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis -- a painful, often disabling narrowing of the spinal canal -- are an operation known as surgical decompression or physical therapy.

    But physical therapy is much less invasive and less risky than surgery."

    Read the article above for more information on the study and its findings.

    What are your thoughts?
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    davedsel2 responded:
    Surgery should always be the last resort and done only if absolutely necessary. Spinal surgery statistics show that it relieved 50-60% of the pain in about half the patients and increases functionality by as much as 80%.

    Physical therapy is of course non-invasive, but in my personal experience with serious spinal problems it does not help. Hydrotherapy in water may help, but in my case by the time I got dressed my pain levels were back up to where they were before the hydrotherapy.

    The article talks about a group of 170 patients. IMHO, that is not enough to get an accurate result and proper comparison of the treatments. Chronic pain is subjective, and what may help one person may not help another or make their problems worse.

    Research is essential when dealing with chronic back pain, as is keeping as active as possible. Most important is keeping a positive attitude and learning to accept what may not be able to be improved by any conventional methods. Patients who suffer from back pain due to spinal problems need to find and do what works best for them.
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    dubbc responded:
    Does it work for younger adults also?
    davedsel2 replied to dubbc's response:
    Many times physical therapy works better for younger adults than older. Also, I forgot to mention that many insurance companies REQUIRE physical therapy be tried before any type of spinal treatments or surgery would be approved.
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    trs1960 replied to davedsel2's response:
    This (in my opinion) where a physiatrist really is golden. They are specialists in rehabilitation and finding ways for you to fix yourself without surgery. They are orthopedic doctors so if you really need surgery they can hand off to the right specialist.
    pmbphysio responded:
    That is totally true, physical therapy is significantly less obtrusive and less hazardous than surgery as well. Physiotherapy, is a kind of treatment that can help ill, disabled or injured individuals recoup to their maximum capacity and best wellbeing conceivable. It is additionally compelling to prevent disability which can emerge from intense or chronic sickness, harm, surgery or injury

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