What the current medical journals are saying...
• This January 9, 2015 article in Spine, the leading spine journal, notes that, after eight years, there is no difference in pain or function outcomes between lumbar spinal stenosis patients receiving surgery and those who did not. http://www.dailyrx.com/spinal-stenosis-surgery-can-relieve-pain-over-time-its-results-were-similar-nonsurgical-treatment?autoplay=497640495
• This article goes a step further. It appeared in the April 6, 2015 edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine, one of the most reputable medical journals in the world. It demonstrates that lumbar spinal stenosis patients who receive surgery vs. physical therapy have similar outcomes in pain and level of function for the first two years. http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/BackPain/50847
• Those two studies were done without factoring in the emerging use of non-surgical spinal decompression (NSSD) as a part of the physical therapy treatment. Non-surgical spinal decompression combined with spine-specific physical therapy is our forte at Carolina Spine and Disc Center. And, while we have not yet been open for two years, our preliminary results give a strong indication that addition of spinal decompression to physical therapy tips the scales definitively in favor of physical therapy (with NSSD) over surgery.
• While Endurance Magazine is written for athletes and is, of course, not a medical journal, an article in the May, 2015 edition discusses three of the newer, more cutting-edge physical therapy modalities used for both professional and recreational athletes. In case you are wondering why we make mention of it: all three of these latest techniques are already offered by the physical therapy team here at Carolina Spine and Disc Center.