Lieberman, Isador
August 2007
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, American Volume;Aug2007, Vol. 89-A Issue 8, p1872
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the study conducted by A. Malmivaara about the effectiveness of decompressive surgery and nonoperative treatment in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. He stresses that the study failed to consider the potentially positive patient-related bias of being randomized to a surgery group. The study also failed to analyze the correlation between the walking distance component of the Oswestry Disability Index. as well as the leg and back pain scores.


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