What is Spinal Fusion?

The spine is one of the most essential parts of the human body; without it we wouldn’t be able to function. Unfortunately when spinal injuries occur, it causes a series of complications throughout our entire body. The spine is responsible for posture, head movement, and upper body movement.

The spine is made up of individual vertebrae, and each vertebrae is independent of each other. While this is necessary for a healthy moving and functional spine, there are patients who can benefit from the joining of two or more vertebrae to relieve pain. This procedure is called spinal fusion.

If movement is identified as the primary source of pain in the spine, the spinal fusion procedure is sometimes the answer. The procedure essentially fuses together two or more vertebrae to create a solid link, limited movement in that particular area, easing pain.

Spinal fusion may be used to treat:

  • Herniated disk
  • Scoliosis
  • Degenerative disk disease
  • Weakness, instability, and fractures

While surgery is never the first solution, a complete evaluation and alternative treatment plan is suggested before exploring the surgical route. Our team of orthopedic specialists can help you find ways to cope with back pain. Contact us today to get started on your healing journey today.