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Knowledge Is Power: Get Yours

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Wednesday, 04 Mar 2015 10:55 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Was the worst lip-sync disaster when Beyonce bombed at President Barack Obama's 2013 inauguration or when Ashlee Simpson tried to stay in sync with her pre-taped voice on "Saturday Night Live"?

When you see such high-profile screw-ups, your first reaction is probably, "There's something wrong here," followed quickly by, "What were they thinking?"

Well, that was our reaction after reading a headline and news report that claimed the benefits of surgery to repair spinal stenosis were no greater than forgoing surgery in favor of medications (for pain and inflammation) and physical therapy — if you look eight years down the road.

After reading the study, we found that it bore almost no resemblance to the headline or report (from a usually trusted medical news source).

In fact, the opposite seemed to be true. Not only did the study state that people who needed and got the surgery reported significant improvements in quality of life (less pain, more mobility), but a huge percent of the folks in the study group who were sent for physical therapy and medication actually opted to have the surgery a few years later!

The lesson from this cautionary tale? If you're considering something as serious as spinal surgery, don't just read headlines; dig for information.

Then discuss with your doctor all your options, and the benefits and risks TO YOU.

Then get a second opinion! Second opinions change care — even diagnoses — 30 percent of the time.

Knowledge is power. Power to the patient!

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