Spinal stenosis is a common cause of low back and sciatica in those over age 50. A new study on the treatment of stenosis concluded: “An increase in utilization of surgery has been noted. However, surgery has no significant benefit over more conservative options.”
We know that stenosis and arthritis are common counterparts, however this study and earlier research has found that the amount of arthritis or stenosis has little relationship to the intensity of symptoms. This research confirms that patients with arthritis and stenosis are not without options. Conservative care, like the type provided in our office, can help ease symptoms – sometimes as well as surgery!