The recently released results of the second SPORT study showed that patients who selected surgery to treat their lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis had better outcomes when compared to those who selected nonsurgical treatment.
The Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT) has recently found that both surgical and non-surgical treatments tend to help patients with pain from a lumbar herniated disc. Due to problems with the study design, however, it is difficult to say much more than that.
This question was posed on our message board last week and has triggered a great deal of response. Judging from the message board, hands down back pain has the most votes for being the worse of the two.