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Spinal stenosis is a degenerative disease that causes a narrowing within vertebrae of the spinal column that results in pressure on the spinal cord. And while it may sound like a serious problem in need of an invasive medical procedure (such as surgery), a recently published study in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that surgery should be considered only when other more conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, fail.

In this episode, we’ll talk to one of the authors of the study, physical therapist Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA, about treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis and what patients need to know about options to avoid going under the knife.

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Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT, FAPTA, is a professor and chairman of the Department of Physical Therapy and associate dean for Research at the Centers for Rehab Services at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS), as well as the Vice President for Education and Research. He has won numerous physical therapy-related awards, and delivered a keynote speech at the 2007 World Confederation of Physical Therapy conference. Delitto also actively treats people with musculoskeletal disorders, and his current research is focused on translating classification and treatment effectiveness into quality improvement and value-based insurance design. He is also conducting trials in exercise interventions for people with Parkinson disease.

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