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Benefits of spinal surgery disappear after 6 months

Physical Therapy offers same outcomes for patients with sciatica 6 months after surgery.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical TherapistsA recent study published in the British Medical Journal reports that spinal surgery for patients with sciatica offers a short term benefit, but by 6 months that benefit disappears and no difference is seen between patients who had surgery and those receiving physical therapy. The study suggests that the benefits of surgery are only short-term and conservative treatments such as physical therapy may offer the same outcome.

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