A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found that physiotherapy is ‘just as effective’ for reducing back pain as an operation.
Findings suggest it is particularly useful for helping to combat symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis – the leading cause of back pain among the elderly.
This condition causes shooting pains, tingling and numbness in the lower back, bottom and legs, and in some cases can be so severe people have trouble walking and controlling their bladder and bowel functions.
It occurs due to a compression of nerves in the back. This happens because the spinal canal narrows with age – as discs, vertebrae, muscles and ligaments wear away.
So far only surgery has proven beneficial for relieveing symptoms – until now.
Researchers in the U.S conducted their study into physiotherapy for back pain over a five-year period. Between 2000 and 2005 they followed the progress of 169 patients who were receiving treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis…