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A similar study was done earlier this year, looking into ways of improving the outcome of back surgery. Dr Allison McGregor, professor of musculoskeletal biodynamics (biomechanics), and her team of researchers at Imperial College London, looked at over 300 patients over a six year period, hoping to answer the question, "Can post-operative exercise and rehabilitation help people to recover from back surgery? Or is up-to-date information and advice just as good?" Sounds like a ridiculous question does it not? Everyone knows how great rehab is.
Their conclusions? Neither approach (post-operative exercise and rehab or "advice") makes any difference on the outcome of spinal surgery in terms of functional disability. In other words, spinal surgery is such a crap shoot; you have just as good of chance of doing well (or poorly) if you simply shank the rehab protocol and decide to watch a movie, read a pamphlet, or listen to a tape recording instead! If you are looking to help your back problem, why not read my post, CURE YOUR OWN BACK PAIN!