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Lumbar disk herniations are among the most frequent causes of sciatica.1,2Fortunately for patients, sciatica is generally self-limited and resolves within 3 months in 70 to 90% of patients.2When symptoms do not improve, surgical diskectomy has been an accepted treatment since it was first described in theJournalnearly a century ago.3During the past 20 years, several studies, including the Maine Lumbar Spine Study,4and clinical trials, including the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT),5-7have characterized the outcomes of surgical and nonsurgical treatment in patients with sciatica and lumbar disk herniation. These and other reports have supported . . .
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