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Can a chiropractor align the spine above my l 4-5 bone fusion which was done years ago?

Can a chiropractor align the spine above my l 4-5 bone fusion which was done years ago?

May be dangerous: As an orthopaedic surgeon, i would not recommend any chiropractic manipulation after a spinal fusion. Before having anything done, talk with your spine surgeon. If he or she is not available, find a board certified, fellowship trained orthopaedic spine surgeon. At the very least, you should have new x-rays of your spine. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Can a chiropractor align the spine above an l4-5 bone fusion that was done 2 years ago?

Can a chiropractor align the spine above an l4-5 bone fusion that was done 2 years ago?

Not in my opinion: I dont recommend manipulation after fusionthe stiff sgment can put extra stresses on adjacent segments while manipulation is well studied in normal spiines I am not aware of any in post fusion spine leaving results outcomes unpredictable in the post fusion spine post fusion spines are different. ...Read more

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What supplements promote bone fusion growth?

What supplements promote bone fusion growth?

None known: I am not aware of any supplements that have been specifically shown to promote bone fusion growth. You do need, of course, protein and calcium and vit d for bony healing, but these can be obtained from a good diet as well as sunlight. More important is to avoid or control factors that inhibit bone healing, such as smoking, diabetes, and nsaids (i.e. Ibuprofen, aleve). ...Read more

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What is spinal bone fusion and why is it important to scoliosis?

What is spinal bone fusion and why is it important to scoliosis?

Maintains correction: Basically what happens in scoliosis surgery is that instrumentation is implanted in the spine, and then the instrumentation is used to correct the spinal deformity and hold it in this corrected position until the spine fuses. Spinal fusion occurs when the individual vertebrae grow together as bone grows from one to the other. If the fusion does not occur, the instrumentation will ultimately fail. ...Read more

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What should I do after being diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and severe osteoarthritis with bone fusion?

What should I do after being diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and severe osteoarthritis with bone fusion?

Depends on symptonms: It depends on the symptoms you have. As a general rule, if you have more back pain, your surgeon will likely recommend a more conservative treatment (pt , medication). If you have more leg pain, nerve compression on the mri, and have failed conservative treatment, surgery may be an option. I would take the advice from the doctor who gave you this diagnosis. If not comfortable, get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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How does foot bone fusion surgery work?

How does foot bone fusion surgery work?

See below: In a simplified answer, the cartillage is removed from the ends of the bones to be fused and then the bones are fixated together with either a screw, screw and plate. This prevents motion of the bone so that it can heal. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about having a bone fusion done on their wrist?

What do I need to know about having a bone fusion done on their wrist?

Multiple: Why, what are the other options and why are they not better than the one you have been offered. ...Read more

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Can bone fusion be delayed?

Can bone fusion be delayed?

Usually: Fusion is a major procedure. In many cases it is elective, meaning that you do it if your problem is severe enough and not responding to lesser alternative. There are conditions (like instability putting pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves) that should not be delayed. In those cases, delay may lead to irreversible loss of nerve function. Talk to your provider. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in scientific/medical terminology, what bone fusion is?

I'll try: A bone fusion is usually done 2 obliterate a painful joint. Common r in the hand, back ; foot ; ankle. The bone is cut or burred down 2 healthy bleeding bone on each side of the joint. A graft using ur own (autograft) or cadaver (allograft) 2 fill the space . Then a fixation plate ; screws or other means 2 keep pressure on the graft ; keep the now fused joint from motion until it is solid. ...Read more

Fusion (Definition)

A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more


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Chiropractors (Definition)

Chiropractors are licensed professionals who practice a form of alternative medicine in treating patients with health problems relating to the body's muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems. They usually focus on manipulating and adjusting the spine ...Read more