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Biggest Ever Low Back Pain Trial Finds Non-Surgical Treatment is Best

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Treatment of Lower Back Pain

The largest ever clinical trial of surgery versus exercise treatments for chronic low back pain has found that patients may obtain as much benefit from an intense exercise and therapy programme as from spinal surgery. The results of the nine-year MRC Spine Stabilisation Trial, led by Oxford, were just published online by the British Medical Journal. The study should help doctors make decisions about the management of back pain.

Chronic low back pain is one of the most common ailments that GPs and consultants treat. The condition is painful for patients and treatment is costly for the NHS and the UK economy: direct costs have been estimated at around