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Physical Therapy Equal to Surgery for Spinal Stenosis
Thinking of going under the knife for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS)? According to a new study, you can have equal success skipping surgery and going straight to physical therapy. "Surgery is a riskier procedure, with about a 15% complication rate, and half of those are life-threatening," said Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA, in a Reuters article about the study ("Physical therapy may be as good as surgery for common back problem" – April 6, 2015). "It isn't a life-risking proc