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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!
What this should tell you is that you had better either have a darn good surgeon, or you had better be reading "Advice Columns" (like 'Dear Abby' in the picture above) like you have never read anything else in your life! Better yet, do something that actually makes sense. Before you try back surgery (or another back surgery), look into SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY. It is scientifically shown to reduce the need for back surgeries by taking pressure off of injured or degenerative discs. Take a few minutes to educate yourself. It could save you a lot of unnecessary grief!