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December/January 2009/2010 (vol. 06/4)

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Post disc surgery rehab

There is low to moderate evidence that exercise programmes starting four to six weeks after lumbar disc surgery are effective in reducing pain and disability, an updated Cochrane review finds. There is low quality evidence that high-intensity exercise programmes are slightly more effective than low intensity ones, but no difference between supervised and home-based exercises, for delivering short-term pain relief.

Spine 2009; 34 (17): 1839–1848. http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/2009/08010/Rehabilitation_After_Lumbar_Disc_Surgery__An.15.aspx

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Occupational Health at Work December/January 2009/2010 (vol. 06/4) pp41