Health & Medical Muscles & Bones & Joints Diseases

Exercise vs Decompressive Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

´╗┐Exercise vs Decompressive Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Conclusions


Decompressive surgery is more effective (larger treatment effect) in the management of LSS than land based exercise; however, whilst patients wait for surgery and given the risks of surgery, there are potential benefits in functional improvements from land-based exercise interventions. A self-management program with a land based exercise intervention prior to consideration of surgical intervention for patients with LSS is supported.

Due to the significant heterogeneity of the land-based exercise interventions investigated in the included studies, this systematic review is unable to provide any specific recommendations regarding the most effective forms of exercise.

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