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Cracking Your Back After Spinal Fusion
No! Once healed!: No-you are simply doing the equivalent of "cracking your knuckles"- it feels good or it just becomes a habit. By "cracking" or mobilizing the small joints of your spine(facet joints) it causes a temporary reflexive relaxation of the surrounding muscles. This is what an osteopath or chiropractor will attempt to achieve with manipulation. You are doing your own! you are not causing any arthritis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgery to cause two or more spine segments to be joined together through a growth of bone initiated by the placement of bone tissue or graft taken from the patient or from a donor source or even a manufactured source which could include: bone growth proteins and particulate structures that act as scaffolds for bone to grow on and may include implants or instrumentation ...Read more
Unlikely: Spine surgery has predictably good outcomes for neurological symptoms (pinched nerves) and symptomatic spinal instability (i.e. Severe fracture/dislocation, severe deformity, tumor, etc.). Spine surgery for neck/back pain without a neurological component is controversial, as outcomes are unpredictable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The outcome of a spinal fusion can be related to the re-alignment of the spine in what we consider sagittal and coronal planes. Spinal deformity surgery aims to maintain balance while correcting curvature and rotation to more "normal" parameters. Perfectly straight back alignment may not be as good as a well-balanced reconstruction. Speak with your surgeon about what to expect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
First, it is : Unlikely that even if a screw was not properly placed would you feel any movement of it. If the screw was placed about nerve tissue then you could experience pain and/or neurologic symptoms related to that nerve tissue. If the fusion did not heal then you may also experience a sensation of pain with motion of the back. ...Read more
Varies: If a fusion is solid and the alignment of the spine is well maintained; it would be highly unusual for a fusion to "shift forward." The most common reasons are either if the fusion did not ever fully heal, which is known as a nonunion; or if the alignment was not restored, then the malalignment that can "bend" an otherwise solid fusion. ...Read more
Thigh pain: After fusion can be multifactorial. It can be due to nerve irritation along the front of the thigh, nerve irritation after decompression, hip flexor stretch, etc. Most often this settles down in a few weeks but you should bring it up with your surgeon to have them evaluate you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain from spine surgery years after 3 failed back surgeries. I also have spinal stenosis, spinal fusions, fibromyalgia, severe scar tissue, bad hip?
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 heals it is no longer necessary, but requires a surgery to remove. Except in unusual circumstances, I do not recommend routine removal of the instrumentation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
By 12 weeks: Usually one feels pain relief in terms of leg pain immediately but about 10% can have ongoing back pain with 5% recurrence hnp rate- to minimize need to restrict rotation flexion and prolonged positioning for 12 weeks and do core exercises and cardiovascular exercise. If yiur back pain was more than your leg pain preop you may have needed a fusion with or instead of microdisectomy or no surgery. ...Read more
Would spinal fusion for spondilolisthesis help numbness and pain in legs and back and herinated discs?
Have lengthily spinal fusion, now told osteoporosis, some hardware moving. Spine surgeon wants me on forteo, am concerned, next fusion to base c/spin?
I understand: i understand your concern. Forteo is a good drugs but not without possible serious side effects. Would your doctor consider a biphosphonate? ...Read more
LP complications: When spinal tap is done, if difficult, you might have local external bruising, swelling, and tenderness. Rarely, a local infection could occur. Typically, the usual reactions dissipate within a day or two. If symptoms are worsening, contact your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Activity after fused: Given that rods were removed, i must assume that the fusion is solid. Therefore, there are really no restrictions for you in a solidly fused lumbar spine. Core exercises like pilates/piyo/yoga are great (your flexibility will be limited, obviously). Aerobic exercises as tolerated and continue to progress as tolerated. ...Read more
6 weeks post-op 2 level lumbar spine fusion + laminectomy. Sciatic pain gone-healing on sched. Why the intrmittnt sunburn-like pain on skin of thighs?
Wear/Tear: With previous back surgery, sometimes pain can result from the wear and tear of the levels above/below your surgery that takes place after a fusion surgery. If this is the case, recommend seeing your spine surgeon or a spine/pain specialist to evaluate this further. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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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