Surgery for Disk Problems Not Only Option

An article today on the CTV website reports on two major U.S. studies recently that suggest surgery for a herniated disk may be no more effective than waiting, physiotherapy and painkillers.

Surgery seems to alleviate pain more quickly, but after two years both studies showed no difference between those who had surgery and those who did not.

This was not a random trial - patients chose their treatment which may well affect the results. One could presume that a patient in more pain (more serious condition?) would be more likely to elect surgery.

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