New research published by the American Medical Association shows that physical therapy can help patients with back pain and has the same long term results as someone that undertakes back surgery.
Consider this article from ABC News:
Beating Lower Back Pain -- Without Surgery: Study Shows That Patients Get Same Benefits Regardless of Whether or Not They Choose the Knife
Published by ABC News
Nov. 22, 2006
New research in The Journal of the American Medical Association today suggests that patients who opt for nonsurgical treatments can get the same benefits in pain reduction and function in the long term as those who chose surgery.