Strength Training Proven Effective for Back Problems instead of Surgery
For any of you who may be considering back or spinal surgery, or have progressive pain in this area, the following research on strength training as an alternative may be of interest. The link is to a PDF and is below some highlights I’ve posted:
MedX Published Research
SURGERY PREVENTION & PROVEN EFFECTIVENESS
Can Spinal Surgery Be Prevented by Aggressive Strengthening Exercise?
Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
January 1999 Volume 80, Number 1Brian W. Nelson, MD, David M. Carpenter, MS, Thomas E.
Dreisinger, PhD., Michelle Mitchell, PTA, Charles E. Kelly, MD,
Joseph A Wegner, MDStudy Outcomes & Clinical Relevance: Forty-six of the 60 participants completed the program. At an average of 16 months after completion, 38 patients were available for follow-up while 8 patients could not be located or contacted. Of these 38 patients only three required surgery after completing the program. In other words, patients who were informed they required back or neck surgery had a 92% chance of avoiding surgery with aggressive spinal strengthening on the MedX Medical Machines.Other Summaries and links in this PDF paper include:
- Can Exercise Therapy Improve the Outcome of Microdiscectomy?
- The Clinical Effects of Intensive Specific Exercise on Chronic Low Back Pain: A Controlled Study of 895 Consecutive Patients With 1-Year Follow Up
- The Effect of Early Isolated Lumbar Extension Exercise Program for Patients with Herniated Disc Undergoing Lumbar Discectomy
- Restorative Exercise for Clinical Low Back Pain (A Prospective Two-Center Study With 1-Year Follow Up)
- Low Back Strengthening for the Prevention and Treatment of Low Back Pain
- A Rational Approach to the Treatment of Low Back Pain (Most Patients can Achieve Functional Restoration)
Here’s the linkie love: MedEx 17 Pages of Research Showing Proper Strength Training and Back Health