Physical therapy is as effective as surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis, study finds

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Surgical decompression treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis is no better than physical therapy in improving symptoms and function, a randomised controlled trial has shown.

The study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, and showed that both groups of patients began to show improvement at 10 weeks and continued to improve through 26 weeks.

News from The Kings Fund: 14 October

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS)

RA and physiotherapy: a national survey
This report highlights the medical evidence around the benefits of physiotherapy in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), but also uncovers problems in the way physiotherapy services are being organised and accessed throughout the UK. It calls for new measures to be introduced in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to increase compliance with RA medical guidelines and to protect existing physiotherapy services. A survey of NRAS members with RA also uncovered low referral rates, despite clear evidence that physiotherapy improved their function and mobility.