Lumbar Spinal Fusion: What Is It?

Back fusion, also known as lumbar spinal fusion, is a type of surgery performed to connect vertebrae in the back. In the procedure, bone is removed from one area in your body and used to connect vertebrae. A metal implant may also be used. The primary purpose of fusions is to reduce or eliminate pain caused by problems like degenerative joint disease, scoliosis, and other spinal problems. The surgery is a major procedure with a long recovery time. It’s also expensive and comes with serious risks. Furthermore, studies are mixed. There’s no way to know for sure if it will work. Patients may want to consider options other than spinal fusion.

Non-Invasive Alternatives to Spinal Fusion Surgery

If you’re in severe pain and your doctor has recommended surgery, you may want to research the alternatives to back fusion first. Natural ways to address a spinal problem can include massage therapy, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, and myofascial release. Patients may also receive Prolotherapy injections for pain management. Sufferers are also encouraged to learn exercises and stretches as well as undergo nutritional therapy to resolve potential nutrient deficiencies. Spinal treatments have evolved over the years and now surgery is not the only option.

Avoid Back Surgery with Holistic Therapy

At Blatman Health and Wellness, helping patients recover is our number one priority. If we can help you avoid back surgery, we will. Our integrative therapies offer a new approach to treating and managing pain. Modern ways to treat pain don’t always focus on the root cause, only the symptom of pain itself. We prefer to address both: your pain and why this is happening to you. If you’re ready to take control of your pain, call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Blatman now.

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