Spinal surgery under fire again

Spinal surgery for back pain has come under fire again following a NSW study of car accident claimants who continue to struggle with ongoing symptoms after surgery.

The study of 90 claimants sourced from two insurers found two-thirds had ongoing back pain two years post-surgery. One in four patients had ongoing radicular symptoms.

Just 37% of people returned to work and only 23% were engaged in pre-injury duties two years