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Lumbar discectomy remains unproved

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 30 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1163

Lumbar discectomy is a popular treatment for disc herniation in the US and elsewhere, but we still don't know if it improves symptoms any more than treatments such as physiotherapy and analgesics. The latest attempts to find out were largely unsuccessful. A recent randomised controlled trial should …

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