Is a Spinal Fusion the Solution for My Back Pain?

If you suffer from back pain, you’re not alone. According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In the United States, it accounts for 264 million lost workdays a year, which equates to two days for every worker in the country. 

While most back pain eventually fades, if it becomes chronic, spinal fusion may be able to help. Although previously seen as a high-risk surgery with a long recovery time, the doctors at Advanced Spine and Pain utilize innovative, minimally invasive spinal fusion techniques that can have you back on your feet in no time.

What is spinal fusion surgery?

Spinal fusion surgeries are typically performed to stabilize the spine or eliminate motions in the spine that cause pain. By fusing two or more vertebrae together into a single bone with bone grafts, screws, or rods, the surgeon can eliminate motion in the region and stabilize the spine. The screws and rods hold everything together while the bones fuse together. 

In addition to eliminating motion between vertebrae, spinal fusion can also prevent the stretching of nerves, muscles, and ligaments that are close to the vertebrae, which could be the source of the pain.

What conditions can spinal fusion surgery treat?

Spinal fusion is often recommended when the spine needs to be stabilized due to disease, injury, or aging. The surgery has found success in correcting spinal problems in the lower back, upper back, and neck. Specific conditions that may benefit from spinal fusion include: 

Overall, spinal fusion has been found to greatly reduce spine-related pain.

What’s involved in spinal fusion surgery?

Spinal fusion is never used as a first option. Your doctor at Advanced Spine and Pain will always try medicine, physical therapy, and other treatments before suggesting surgery. Spinal fusion is also only used if the doctors at Advanced Spine and Pain are able to pinpoint the source of your pain.

Spinal fusion is performed as an outpatient procedure. After giving you general anesthesia, your surgeon will make tiny incisions in your neck, back, or side, depending on the locations of the vertebrae. Then they will use precision surgical tools to place the screws and rods that will bring your spinal bones together.

Because of the advanced, minimally invasive approach, your surgeon will not have to cut through tissue or bone during your surgery. This will allow for quick results and a fast recovery time.

You don’t have to suffer with spinal pain. The doctors at Advanced Spine and Pain can help you eliminate it for good. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Does Botox® Really Help Chronic Migraines?

There are few things worse than a migraine — except if they affect you for 15 or more days per month. Then you’re officially a chronic sufferer. Learn about how BotoxⓇ, often used in aesthetics, was discovered to be an effective migraine treatment.

5 Signs of a Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is very common, but it can be uncommonly painful. The discomfort may lead to limited mobility as well. Learn about the signs and symptoms of a herniated disc and treatments that free you from pain and restore your mobility.

When to Consider a Pain Pump

A pain pump can transform how you live if you’ve been suffering with chronic pain for a long time. Read on to learn more about what conditions they can relieve, how they administer pain medication, and what’s involved in their placement.

6 Common Causes of Hip Pain

Hip pain not only causes great pain, it puts a stop to enjoying your favorite activities, as well as everyday movement. Familiarize yourself with the most common causes of hip pain here, and learn about the many effective treatments we offer.

Can Injections Help My Sciatica?

Sciatica means agonizing pain and other symptoms. There are a host of treatments for it, but epidural steroid injections offer long-term relief, convenience, and other benefits. Learn more about how injections can banish your sciatica discomfort.