Sturgeon Bay, WI (PRWEB) January 22, 2013
When the muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories, and pain killers fail, many victims of chronic low back pain turn to surgery. Spinal surgery has been accepted as the final solution, but is this very expensive procedure effective? Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Chiropractor and Naturopath Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP, reports on recent research published in the December 2012 issue of the European Spine Journal which looked into this very question.
Researchers led by Dr. Anne Froholdt of the Oslo University Hospital in Oslo, Norway did a 9 year follow-up of patients with chronic low back pain. Patients were randomly assigned to one of two groups. The first group had spinal fusion at L4/L5 and/or L5/S1 with screws and bone transplantation. The second group received cognitive training to teach the patients how to participate in daily activities such as vacuum cleaning, ironing, gardening, etc. without worrying about causing further harm, along with endurance and coordination exercises. Primary results were measured with the Oswestry Disability Index, while secondary results considered pain, fear-avoidance beliefs, spinal muscle strength, use of medication, and ability to return to work.
After nine years, one-third of the patients in the non-surgery group opted to have surgery done. Of those in the first group
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