Review: Surgery May Be More Effective Than Unstructured Nonoperative Treatment for Chronic Low-Back Pain

Hu, Serena
November 2007
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, American Volume;Nov2007, Vol. 89-A Issue 11, p2558
Academic Journal
The article presents a research which compares the surgical and non-surgical treatments in patients with chronic low-back pain and disc degeneration. The results indicate that randomized controlled trials reported in patient satisfaction showed greater success with surgery. The complication rate ranged from 9% to 18% while there are no complications reported for the nonoprative group. Thus, surgical treatment may be better than unstructured nonoprative treatment.


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