Study Touts PT as Effective Treatment for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
A new study revealed that physical therapy could be just as effective as surgery in treating the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis, a common cause of lower back pain and nerve damage. Surgery for this ailment has a 15% complication rate, with half of those complications considered life-threatening. Physical therapy, on the other hand, is a low-risk treatment alternative, and study participants who nixed surgery to #GetPT experienced the same degree of pain reduction as those who had surgery. To find out more about this study, click here.
Exercise May Counteract Harmful Effects of Pollution
According to new research from the University of Copenhagen, exercise could outweigh the harmful effects of air pollution. The study notes that exercising outdoors—even in a highly polluted area—produces more benefits than staying indoors and being inactive. Researchers still advise people to exercise in less polluted areas whenever possible, and they are working to replicate this study in other, more polluted places outside of Denmark.