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Back to normal: Surgery improves outcomes for spine patients
Date:6/1/2009

olisthesis evident in radiograph imaging
  • symptoms which lasted for at least 12 weeks
  • physician confirmation that the patient was a surgical candidate.

    "Our results indicate that in these patients, there was a clear advantage for surgery," said Dr. Weinstein. "Patients felt relief faster and at two and four years, reported better function, less pain, and higher satisfaction than those who chose to go the non-surgical route."

    Approximately 80 percent of Americans suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the most common cause of work-related disability, as well as the most expensive in terms of workers compensation and medical costs. Degenerative spondylolisthesis is one example of this kind of painful back condition.

    "Degenerative spine disease can be a debilitating condition. When well informed, surgery is a good treatment choice," said Weinstein.

    SPORT investigators will be releasing additional studies focusing on cost-effectiveness and other factors in coming months.


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