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