Back Pain

Updated 06 July 2015

When is back surgery necessary?

Surgery is necessary in fewer than 2% of back pain cases.

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Surgery is necessary in fewer than 2% of back pain cases.

There are many other effective treatments and surgery is only considered when a patient experiences unrelenting pain or progressive muscle weakness caused by nerve compression, or incontinence, which can point to spinal cord irritation.


 

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Susan qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1990, and completed her master’s degree in Physiotherapy in 2013 at the University of Pretoria. She has a special interest in human biomechanics, as well as the interaction between domestic and work-related ergonomics.

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