New studies show that surgical treatment is the best remedy for spinal stenosis or common back pain.
Surgical treatment for a painful, common back condition known as spinal stenosis yields better results than treatment with drugs and physical therapy, says a new study.
Spinal stenosis is a medical condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and nerves. It can result in a debilitating pain in the lower back, hips and legs. This is usually due to the natural process of spinal degeneration that occurs with aging.
The study, led by Dr. Howard An, orthopedic spine, back and neck surgeon at Rush University Medical Center, found that patients who underwent surgery for spinal stenosis showed significantly more improvement in all primary outcomes than did patients who were treated nonsurgically