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Consumer Reports Survey: Hands-On Therapies Among Top-Rated Treatments for Back Pain
Date:4/6/2009

ot planned. Indeed, 16 percent of back-surgery respondents said that their back pain did not improve, and half of those said it became worse after surgery.

Consumer Reports advises patients that are told they need surgery to get a second opinion from another practitioner, preferably one who is not a surgeon. If surgery is the best approach, find out if the selected surgeon is board-certified and ask how many operations he or she has performed. Patients should be aware that significant problems during recovery may be underestimated; it helps to have plans to adjust to such challenges.

A summary of the survey is available in the May 2009 issue of Consumer Reports.

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