Monday, January 08, 2007

Back Pain and Disability - surgery doesn't always work

Here's a link to a CNN article that discusses back pain and whether or not surgery may be a good idea. From my own experience I've come to see that its very true that 1. surgical options are very often a lost-resort measure and 2. surgery doesn't alway alleviate back pain. In fact, I've spoken to a great many disability claimants who told me that surgical intervention not only failed to end their pain, but actually increased it. This is why I was very interested to learn about the FDA approval of ProDisc-L here in the United States (ProDisc-L is a replacement back disc ). Hopefully, in a few years medical technology will advance far enough that discectomies and spinal fusions (fusions reduce mobility and sometimes fail) will become a thing of the past.

Here's the article: Considering the options for back surgery

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