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Back Pain Often Ends Without Surgery

Study: Surgery Fastest Treatment for Back and Leg Pain, but Waiting Works, Too

Spondylolisthesis: Surgery vs. No Surgery continued...

Weinstein says that patients with spondylolisthesis should know that back surgery is very likely to relieve their pain. But they should also know that it won't bring them all the way back to normal levels of function. And it's also important for them to know that if they don't want to undergo surgery, they can still expect significant recovery.

So what should patients do?

"Go to a doctor who will share this information with you, who can understand your preferences, and help you make the choice that is best for you," Weinstein says. "This study shows surgery works a little better than nonsurgical treatment. But there are patients who choose not to have surgery. And that is a good choice, too."

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