Spinal stenosis is a degenerative condition of the vertebrae that causes the spinal canal to narrow, placing pressure on discs and nerves. When located in the low back, or lumbar spine, stenosis can cause pain and reduce function in the back, buttocks and lower extremities.
Many people seek surgical decompression to try to manage the symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling and weakness that characterize lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), but surgery often fails to render long-lasting results because it treats the symptoms of stenosis without addressing the underlying causes.
In a recent study, Delitto et al. (2015) sought to compare the efficacy of surgical decompression to physical therapy treatment for LSS. Here are the details:
Decompression surgery for LSS carries with it inherent risks for patients, which should not be taken lightly.
Physical therapy, on the other hand, carries with it minimal risks, and multiple benefits, including improved overall fitness, improved function, and improved spinal range of motion. PT requires no recovery time, and you will see gradual improvements over the course of your treatment.
In most cases, a surgeon will recommend physical therapy as a follow-up treatment to LSS decompression surgery.
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