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In the past, spinal fusion was thought to be one of the only options for treating chronic back pain. However, treatments have evolved to the point that many back issues that may be causing your pain can be treated in other ways. Nevertheless, our team at Phoenix Spine & Joint knows there are times when spinal fusion is the right decision for a patient.
When spinal fusion is the right decision for some patients
In spite of the fact that it is major surgery, certain patients can benefit from our minimally invasive spinal fusion procedure. In fact, there are times when spinal fusion is the right decision for a patient. For instance, we often recommend this surgery for patients with spinal deformities like scoliosis.
Scoliosis is a condition where a sideways curve develops in the spine. This condition typically develops during the growth spurts of puberty, but conditions like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy can also lead to scoliosis. In order to correct the sideways curvature, spinal fusion may be considered.
Patients who have spinal weakness or instability may also be good candidates for minimally invasive spinal fusion. Weakness or instability of the spine can be the result of several issues. For example, severe spinal arthritis may lead to these problems. Spinal fractures from car accidents or sports injuries may also cause weakness or instability that can be addressed with spinal fusion.
The removal of a herniated disc may also lead to spinal instability that makes spinal fusion necessary. A disc is a structure that provides cushioning between the vertebrae. Excess pressure on the spine can cause the outer covering of a disc to be torn, and this allows the gel-like interior to poke out or herniate. In the majority of cases, a herniated disc will heal within a few weeks. However, in cases where the disc is so damaged that it must be removed, spinal fusion may help stabilize the spine after the disc is removed.
Do you know if spinal fusion is the right decision for your back pain?
At Phoenix Spine & Joint, our health care team can help you determine when spinal fusion is the right decision for you. However, we can also help you find other options for conditions like osteoarthritis in the facet joints. If you’d like to see if other back pain treatments may be better for you than spinal fusion, you’ll only need to take one initial step to begin finding out.
Contact one of our patient care coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free second opinion.
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