If I have low back pain, do I need back surgery?

Surgery is not always the answer.


Consider the results of a study of 169 lumbar stenosis patients. Each person participating in the study was a candidate for lumbar surgery. Half of the people chose to delay surgery and participate in a specialized physical therapy program. The other half had lumbar stenosis surgery.

After two years, researchers compared the outcomes of each group.

According to the compiled results, patients who chose the physical therapy option achieved the same level of pain relief and restored function as the group who elected to have surgery. These results were published in the Harvard Health Blog.

The specialists at Affinity Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center offer many non-surgical treatments to resolve back pain.

Depending on the severity and location of your pain, Affinity’s pain management expert may use ultrasound-guided injections, the revolutionary Tenex® TX technology, physical manipulation or physical therapy to address your pain.

If you want to stop your back pain but do not want to have surgery, call Affinity Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at (920) 996-3700 and make an appointment with the non-surgical pain management specialist.

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Appleton, WI 54915
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