Back surgery: to have or not to have

Published: February, 2007

Indecision is understandable, even a good idea, in light of inconclusive research results and lack of clear physical indicators.

Is your back bothering you at the moment? Do you have a history of back problems? If you answer "yes" to one or both of these questions, you've got lots of company. Low back pain is an extremely common condition: 80% of Americans experience at least one bout of it some time during their lives. Rest, some pain relievers, and perhaps some exercises help it go away.

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