Experiencing chronic back pain? Have you been exploring all of your options? In the medical field, you should ALWAYS get a 2nd opinion. There are a lot of diagnoses that can be treated with physical therapy, surgery, or a combination of both. Of course both have their pros and cons and you should take your time considering what is the best option for you. But if you were to be presented with a knife or a resistance band, which one would you logically choose to try first?
Evidence from research suggests physical therapy is just as effective if not more than invasive surgery for spinal stenosis, herniated disks, and non-specific / chronic low back pain. You may think time and effort could be wasted at physical therapy if you end up having surgery. Yet PT prior to surgery will actually strengthen your body to optimize a speedy recovery. So make the smart decision and trial physical therapy first before opting in for back surgery.