The role of surgery for treatment of Low back pain: Insights from the randomized controlled Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trials

Peter Abraham, Robert C. Rennert, Joel R. Martin, Joseph Ciacci, William Taylor, Daniel Resnick, Ekkehard Kasper, Clark C. Chen

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Abstract

Low back pain (LBP) is a common medical problem with high morbidity and healthcare costs. The optimal management strategy, including the role of surgical intervention, remains controversial. The Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trials were randomized controlled studies conducted to assess the effectiveness of surgery for three of the most common conditions implicated in LBP: Intervertebral disc herniation, degenerative spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis. Despite challenges in data interpretation related to patient cross over, these studies support the efficacy of surgery as treatment for these three common conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number180297
JournalSurgical Neurology International
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Low back pain
  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stenosis

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