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What kinds of back problems can be treated with spinal fusion?

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Spinal fusion might help you feel better if your back pain is caused by:

  • Degenerative disk disease (the space between disks narrows)
  • Fracture (broken spinal bone)
  • Scoliosis -- your spine curves abnormally to one side
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Spondylolisthesis (forward shifting of a spinal disk)
  • Tumors or spine infection

From: What Is Spinal Fusion? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Back Pain."

USCF Medical Center: "Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Spinal Fusion."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Adult Spondylolisthesis in the Low Back."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Fractures of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers About Spinal Stenosis.”

Mayfield Clinic: “Degenerative disk disease (DDD).”

Mayfield Clinic: “Spinal fractures.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Scoliosis?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Spondylolisthesis.”

Mayfield Clinic: “Preparing for lumbar spinal fusion.”

Kaiser PermanenteP: "Spinal Surgery Handbook."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Preparing for Low Back Surgery.”

Spine Institute of New York: “Post-operative.”

Mater Private Hospital Brisbane: "Spinal care following surgery."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Your Pathway to Recovery: Spine Surgery."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Back Pain."

USCF Medical Center: "Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Spinal Fusion."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Adult Spondylolisthesis in the Low Back."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Fractures of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers About Spinal Stenosis.”

Mayfield Clinic: “Degenerative disk disease (DDD).”

Mayfield Clinic: “Spinal fractures.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Scoliosis?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Spondylolisthesis.”

Mayfield Clinic: “Preparing for lumbar spinal fusion.”

Kaiser PermanenteP: "Spinal Surgery Handbook."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Preparing for Low Back Surgery.”

Spine Institute of New York: “Post-operative.”

Mater Private Hospital Brisbane: "Spinal care following surgery."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Your Pathway to Recovery: Spine Surgery."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

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