Tag Archives: back surgery

Thinking about lower back surgery? You may want to listen to this famous coach’s advice.

Although lower back pain can be debilitating, surgery should be your last option. Take a look at this short video to hear the Warriors coach’s opinion on his back surgery. Please let me know if you have any questions ~ thanks, Ed Deboo, PT Physical Therapy, Bellingham, WA  

Lower back pain in athletes: could be a spondylolysis

Check out this video on lower back pain in youth and athletes.  Let me know if you have any questions, Thanks, Ed Deboo, PT Physical Therapy Bellingham, WA

Emerging controversy in spine surgery research

Imaging this scenario:  You’ve been suffering from chronic back pain for many months and you’ve tried multiple therapies, injections, medications, etc to no avail.  The next step is to go and consult with the neurosurgeon who recommends a fusion of the vertebral segments that they determine are the source of your pain.  They outline all the risks, chances […]

The effects of prolonged bed rest on muscles of the spine and vertebral discs

When I first graduated from PT school over 16 years ago, bed rest was still a very popular treatment for acute back pain.  Luckily, over the years, the medical community has taken a much more “active” approach” to treating back pain.  However, there is still a small portion of the medical field that believes in […]

Is physical therapy needed after lumbar fusion? Well, it depends….

I was just asked again over the weekend from a friend of mine who had a one level lumbar spine fusion if PT is needed after surgery to help with recovery.  I asked him what his doctor had advised him and his reply from his surgeon was  “well, I don’t think you need PT, just don’t bend, […]