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Are there any alternatives to vertebra fusion?

Are there any alternatives to vertebra fusion?

Depends on the prob: Depends on the problem. You generally want to save surgery as the last treatment. Then, if you have a pure disc problem, a disc replacement may be a good alternative to fusion. If you only have a nerve compression problem, a decompressive procedure may be best. Fusion is best for instability and arthritic pain. ...Read more

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Vertebra (Definition)

Any of the bones that make up the vertebral column. Each vertebra contains an arched, hollow section through which the spinal cord passes. In humans, the vertebrae are divided into cervical, thoracic, and lumbar sections, and the sacrum and coccyx are both made up of a series of fused vertebrae. The vertebrae are separated ...Read more


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One of my vertebra is pushed in! what should I do?

One of my vertebra is pushed in! what should I do?

Dose it bother you: If dose not bother you do not do any thing about it. If dose bother go and see orthopedics spine specialist to find out what could be done about it. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vertebra?

What is the definition or description of: vertebra?

We have 33 of them: Any of the bones that make up the vertebral column. Each vertebra contains an arched, hollow section through which the spinal cord passes. In humans, the vertebrae are divided into cervical, thoracic, and lumbar sections, and the sacrum and coccyx are both made up of a series of fused vertebrae. The vertebrae are separated by cartilaginous intervertebral disks. ...Read more

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What's the difference between spondylolysis and an extra vertebra?

What's the difference between spondylolysis and an extra vertebra?

Simply two : Different items. A spondylolysis is a defect or fracture through the pars region of the vertebra while an extra vertebra is just an additional one like some people can have an extra finger or toe. Sometimes this extra vertebra can alter the mechanics of the spine leading to back pain. ...Read more

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What does c2/3 block vertebra with fusion of posterior elements means?

Fusion 2 cerv bones: The 2nd and 3rd cervical vertebra are fused together in the back part ofthe bone. ...Read more

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If I have a misaligned atlas can just good posture fix it eventually? If not what are some ways that could bring resolution to this problem?

If I have a misaligned atlas can just good posture fix it eventually? If not what are some ways that could bring resolution to this problem?

Unlikely diagnosis: Have you had an MRI? What made you arrive at that diagnosis? I doubt that is the issue and no, posture will not resolve spinal issues such as that. ...Read more

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I don't have back pain but have a single vertebra that hurts when pressed like when i sit down with a hard backrest or when lying down. Why is that?

I don't have back pain but have a single vertebra that hurts when pressed like when i sit down with a hard backrest or when lying down. Why is that?

Back pain: It's still back pain whether it is localized or generalized. It's hard to tell why it hurts as not enough information was provided. A thorough history and exam is needed to start. Perhaps you will need an xray unless the doc is able to pinpoint the problem after an office visit. ...Read more