According to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Physical Therapy’s Effects were equal to surgery’s for Spinal Stenosis symptoms. The study focused on physical function after 2 years and found that 2-year effects were similar for the surgical vs. non-surgical groups from baseline on. Of course surgery carries with it a greater risk than conservative care (IE: physical therapy), so patients should engage in serious discussions with their healthcare providers regarding full disclosure of evidence involving surgical and non-surgical treatments for Spinal Stenosis.

Dale Russell PT