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Chiropractor Help After Bone Fusion Past
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Usually none: A fusion is indicated usually to control pain in certain instances, to correct a deformity, fix an instability or a fracture or sometimes to treat an infection. A fusion that has healed should not be causing pain unless there is bone growth pressing on a nerve, the fusion did not heal or instrumentation if used with the fusion may be impinging on a nerve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Making 2 bones 1: Typically a bone fusion is done for an arthritic joint. The cartilage from the joint is removed and the 2 ends of the bone are put together. When they heal, they fuse together and make one bone. Some times more complex fusion are performed with multiple bones. This is a great operation for pain relief, but motion is lost at the fusion site. ...Read more
More info needed: Need more information to answer your question. Are u talking about a cervical or lumbar fusion?A congenitally fused vertebra? An ankle or subtalar fusion, wrist, finger... Etc. Was there an injury involved, have you had increasing pain? Need more information to give you a reasonable answer! ...Read more
Short-recovery: I would imagine you are having an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. You will likely have a horizontal incision along your neck that usually heals well. Often 1-2 nights in the hospital and walking the day after the operation. If you have numbness or weakness in your hands, it usually is noticeably better after surgery. Pain is usually controlled with oral analgesia. ...Read more
Fusion (Arthrodesis): The technical term for fusion is arthrodesis. It's commonly used in the spine and joints like hip, knee and ankle. When joints become arthritic and lack cartilage, it's very painful to have bone rubbing on bone as 2 independent surfaces. Fusion attempts to bridge the two surfaces by using bone graft and other biomaterials. Once the surfaces heal together, there's no motion and this reduces pain. ...Read more
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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