Physical therapy touted for spinal stenosis

Physical therapy offers similar outcomes to surgery for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis and should be offered as the first-line treatment, according to the authors of a major study.

In one of the first randomised studies of conservative treatment vs decompression surgery for spinal stenosis, US researchers found that both interventions produced significant improvements in symptoms and physical function over a two-year period.

The study involved 169 patients who had been recommended

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