Physical therapy may be as good as surgery for common back problem

April 6, 2015 9:19 PM

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(Reuters Health) - Physical therapy may work as well as surgery for easing symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis, a common cause of nerve damage and lower back pain among older people, a study suggests.

"Surgery is a riskier procedure, with about a 15 percent complication rate, and half of those are life-threatening," said Dr. Anthony Delitto, chair of physical therapy at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. "It isn't a life-risking procedure to do physi...

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