This article does a great job dispelling the idea that surgery is a cure-all. I have worked on many clients who've had back surgery only to have the pain return as bad or worse within 6-12 months. Of course the article fails to mention massage therapy, and fascial release techniques in particular. Physical therapy can help a little, but a combination of that, chiropractic work, and massage is usually the best course of action. I've worked on a vast number of people who've come to me after having 10-12 physical therapy sessions with little or no improvement only to have 60-100% improvement with a course of 3-6 sessions with me. But I'm glad to see an article that is promoting the idea of using surgery as a last resort!