In medical news:

Researchers with the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh published findings in Annals of Internal Medicine revealing that patients with lumbar spinal stenosis who underwent surgical decompression showed similar improvements in physical function after two years compared with those who participated in physical therapy alone. The study is the first to compare surgery and a standardized physical therapy program directly. Because long-term outcomes tend to be equivalent, the research team states in their report that the results highlight the need for patients to truly exhaust conservative treatment options before seeking surgery.

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