Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Exercise is Good After Back Surgery

Exercise Rehab Appears Useful and Safe After Lumbar Disc Surgery

By Todd Neale, Staff Writer, MedPage TodayPublished: October 10, 2008

AMSTERDAM, Oct. 10 -- After surgery for a prolapsed lumbar disc, exercise appears to be a beneficial part of a rehabilitation program, according to a systematic review of the literature.

A review of 14 randomized controlled trials showed that performing some type of exercise after surgery was associated with significant improvements in pain and functional capability in the short term, without increasing the risk of another operation, Raymond Ostelo, Ph.D., of VU University Medical Center here, and colleagues reported in a Cochrane Review.

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