Spinal Fusion:
What is it?

Spinal Fusion:
How is it Used?

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Spinal Fusion Usage


Effect of Spinal Fusion on Low Back Pain and Sciatica

Spinal fusion is a procedure that joins two bones (vertebrae) in the spinal column together to eliminate pain caused by movement. This, and any other surgery, is a major procedure and should only be...

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Reasons for Procedure

To treat persistent pain and disability caused by:

  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the canal the spinal cord runs through)
  • Spinal injury
  • Spondylolisthesis (vertebra is out of line with the others)
  • Scoliosis (abnormal curve in the spine)
  • Weak or unstable spine, usually due to infection or tumors
  • Herniated disk

Spinal fusion may be done if the treatments below do not relieve pain and disability:

  • Rest
  • Pain medicines
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy
  • Injection of drugs to relieve pain and swelling
  • Massage
  • Bracing
  • Behavior change therapy

Imaging tests must also show a problem that can be fixed with this procedure.