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change in back flexibility after spinal fusion

A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Marra
28 years experience Radiology
Nerve impingement?: A couple possibilities might be nerve impingement, or even vascular compromise, somewhere along the course from the neck to the hand. With a history ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
If you had a spinal: Fusion for pain and the pain persists, that may be an indication. If you are a smoker, there is a good chance that fusion may not have occurred. A ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Usually not: Occasionally, spinal instrumentation may be prominent in someone very thin and may cause pain only due to direct pressure. Otherwise, unless necessar ... Read More
Dr. Paul Gause
18 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Probably not: Spinal instrumentation for fusion serves the purpose of immobilizing the spine while bone is healing. It acts like an internal cast. Once the bone hea ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
28 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Not fully: Spinal fusion does work for back pain, but there is almost never 100% relief. If you need a fusion, there is a problem with the back. After a fusion ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Many things: It might not relieve all your symptoms. It does not always heal bone to bone. Infection, bleeding, transfusion, injury to blood vessels, nerves, other ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
28 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Probably: I do not recommend cracking your back, or having manipulative treatments, particularly after a spinal fusion. A fusion permanently stiffens the segmen ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Assuming that you : Are fused ; rehabilitated just avoid activities that involve combined repetitive flexion ; rotation ie.Racquet sports ; golf. Heavy contact sports ar ... Read More
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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Possible: A twig of nerve can be entrapped/ damaged during the procedure, scar tissue contraction can do it latter. See pain specialist for a nerve block.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Karimi
15 years experience Neurosurgery
How long ago?: This depends on how long it has been since the fusion surgery. Normal postoperative pain may last for weeks or months. Continued, severe pain many mon ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Most likely not: Fusion help to stabilize the bone which keep sliding forward, numbness happen sequence to pressure on the nerves from the disc.
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