Found this interesting forum when I decided to find some foreign forums around this subject. Looks like you've got tons of interesting information here, gotta do a lot of browsing...
Anyways, destroyed one disc in my neck 10 years ago while squatting in the gym. The bar apparently broke the disc and gave me a partial paralysis of my left hand. Curiously enough, the pain and tightness between my scapulas started traveling down my spine fairly fast. First the tightness and then the pain of course followed. In a couple of weeks my back muscles were so badly spasming/cramping all the way down to the buttocks I couldn't stay up for more than like 5 minutes at a time - and not too many times a day. In short I was tied to my bed.
Then I got the neck surgery, anterior decompression of the disc between C7 and Th1, and got vertical again. But then the downward slope started again in the form of unbeliavably rough muscle cramps in my back. Nowadays my superficial muscles don't cramp anymore, but I'm still fighting the problem. I am vertical usually about 6-8 hrs a day, so there's still a long way to go... :? :O :?
I am most interested in different rehabilitation means - especially in the ones that work
) - and would like to hear of things that have worked for you. I've found some wonderful books on the subject just lately and am mostly impressed about the (scientific based) "Australian method" or "Motor control approach" by Richardson-Hodges-Hides.
Also I found some good OMT therapists few months ago, and am hopeful that this would finally work. I am working out 2-3 times a day and this approach to me seems to be very close to the Australian method. Anyway, would be interested to hear your thoughts and experiences about different rehab methods!