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Back operations

Get expert opinion on whether back surgery is the right option for your back pain. Discover how common back operations like laminectomy and spinal fusion relieve back pain and help with recovery from certain conditions.

Why backache can be deadly

Chronic backache can not only have a big impact on your well-being, but research suggests it can also lead to depression and suicide.

Spinal fusion not always necessary for back pain

Two clinical trials concluded that spinal fusion should not be used to treat every person with pinched nerves in their lower back. In many cases a simpler surgery called decompression would suffice.

Spinal fusion

Spinal fusion is one the three most common back operations.


One of the most common back operations is a laminectomy. Learn more.

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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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