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Physical therapy as good as surgery and less risky for one type of lower back pain

Posted April 09, 2015, 2:30 pm, Updated April 05, 2016, 12:36 pm Howard LeWine, M.D., Chief Medical Editor, Internet Publishing, Harvard Health Publications One type of lower back pain, called lumbar spinal stenosis, is sometimes treated with surgery. But physical therapy works just as well, and comes with fewer unwanted complications some of them life-threatening than surgery, according to a study published recently in Annals of Internal Medicine. …

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