Dear Warren, I also have a bad back and hip that needs to be replaced and I have been through every kind of testing that can be done from EMG studies to MRIs etc. I also work with people who have been injured at work and I have seen the results of back surgery for over 10 years now. Let me tell you, back surgery does not work, in fact, the patient usually ends up worse. I also consulted a back surgeon and was told exactly what I told you, back surgery will NOT make it any better. Now for the answer to your question, the only thing I have found after 3 years with this injury that works is a CHIROPRACTOR. I swear by mine and he is a miracle worker. I would not survive without him. Please find yourself a good chiropractor and I wish you the best of luck.