For a Better Body: Physical Therapy or Surgery?

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For a Better Body: Physical Therapy or Surgery? Scalpels? Scary. Anesthesia? No thanks. Human about to cut you open? Get me out! Surgery has many components, and it seems like none are comforting. No matter how talented the surgeon or anesthesiologist, even a simple surgery can take a turn for the worst at any moment. Not to say surgery isn’t beneficial—it’s an absolute requirement in the medical field—but for some injuries, it might be best to consider other alternatives before going under the knife. For one particular injury, lumbar spinal stenosis, physical therapy might be the more obvious answer. Lumbar spinal stenosis occurs when the spaces between each vertebra are compressed, leading to nerve punching, numbness and weakness in the back. The condition is growing more and more common, but it might be able to be cured by physical therapy. In a recent study, scientists found these main differences in those that chose physical therapy versus those that chose surgery:

  • Similar pain reduction. At two years, patients that opted for surgery and those that opted for physical therapy achieved similar results. This means both are completely viable options with lumbar spinal stenosis.
  • Some opted out of physical therapy. A lot of the people who started out with physical therapy changed their minds and opted for surgery before the two-year trial was up. They did not believe the results were fast enough, but what they did not realize is that almost all surgeries require physical therapy after the procedure anyway.
  • Surgery should be the last option. Though it may not be the quickest answer, physical therapy is a better option when it comes to stressing the body. It may seem easier to go with surgery, but why put the body under that stress?

If you’re suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis, give CORE Physical Therapy a call today. We’re happy to help you find which choice would be best for you!

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For a Better Body: Physical Therapy or Surgery?
For a Better Body: Physical Therapy or Surgery? Scalpels? Scary. Anesthesia? No thanks. Human about to cut you open? Get me out! Surgery has many components, and it seems like none are comforting. No matter how talented the surgeon or anesthesiologist, even a simple surgery can take a turn for the worst at any moment. […]

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