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Exercise Versus Fusion

Lumbar fusion surgery is commonly employed in those suffering from lower back pain. However, mounting research is finding a properly designed and implemented exercise program is actually more beneficial for most. Not to mention, surgery is far more expensive and far less safe. Another problem with fusion of the lower back is the loss of muscle strength, muscle size and lower back mobility. In a recent study, the primary outcomes of the two treatments were similar. However, those receiving exercises versus fusion had significantly better muscle strength and muscle density in the lower back. The muscles of the lower spine are important in preventing future back problems.

Source: Spine 2004;29:3-8