cian) at the Cleveland Clinic for Spine Health, said he agrees with the study's conclusions and doesn't think the surgical patients had worse underlying disease or any other factors that led to their poorer outcomes.
The best treatment, he noted, would focus on physical therapy to increase flexibility and strength.
"Just like an injured athlete, the goal is to get them back to where they can do their job," Mayer said. "It's bad advice to rest afterward, so early activity and doing normal things seems to be how you get started and not let people go off the rails."
Learn more about spinal fusion surgery from the U.S. National Library of Health.
SOURCES: Trang H. Nguyen, M.D., Ph.D., occupational medicine specialist, Cincinnati, Ohio; E. Kano Mayer, M.D., staff physician and physiatrist, Cleveland Clinic for Spine Health; Leah Y. Carreon, M.D., clinical research director, Norton Leatherman Spine Center, Louisville, Ky.; Feb. 15, 2011, Spine.
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