Rosemary Frei writing in Pain Management News reported on a study led by Raja Rampersand, MD at the Spinal Program of the Toronto Western Hospital and the University of Toronto. Analysis of data from 2008 to 2011 compared patients aged 40 to 69 with patients past the age of 70 who underwent surgical decompression for lumbar spinal stenosis. There were no differences in adverse events between the two groups, although patients in both groups took longer to recover if a fusion accompanied the decompression.
Comment: Spinal stenosis is one of the most common low back syndromes seen in rheumatology practice. Although epidural steroid injections and physical therapy can be effective for many patients, many people with this malady go on to have surgery. This study provides encouraging news for patients with spinal stenosis.
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