Health and Nutrition

November 23, 2006

Studies: Surgery No Better for Sciatica

Filed under: General Health — Doc Joe @ 6:12 pm

By CARLA K. JOHNSON
Associated Press Writer

November 22, 2006, 7:04 PM EST

CHICAGO — Two big government-funded studies on back surgery for painful herniated disks show no clear-cut reason to choose an operation over other treatment. The pain and physical function of the patients, who were suffering from a condition called sciatica, improved significantly after two years whether or not they had surgery. However, neither strategy offered complete relief.
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