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Spinal Fusion

Overview

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure designed to expand movement of the spine in patients with severe back pain. Typically, patients in need of a spinal fusion are those severely affected by degenerative spine disorders, such as degenerative disc disease (DDD), and other spinal problems such as scoliosis. The goal of a spinal fusion is to fuse vertebrae to some type of plate or artificial replacement vertebrae, allowing a wider range of movement in the spine, and alleviating pain caused by the disorders.

Spinal Fusion Benefits

With back issues such as DDD, scoliosis, and others, having a spinal fusion done benefits the patient in many ways. Pain is typically the subject matter of going to the doctor and being treated. Getting a spinal fusion has the end game of not only alleviating the back pain that caused the initial and progressive pain, but also to allowing the spine more side-to-side and front-to-back movement with comfort. Often times, spinal fusions treatments can prevent future pain from surfacing, even with hereditary problems like DDD.

Conditions Associated with Spinal Fusion

When Spinal Fusion Recommended

Spinal Fusion is typically recommended after more conservative treatments have been tested, due to it being highly invasive. If pain consists or gets worse, or any physical evidence that is clearly hindering a patient from full movement, or any movement at all, spinal fusions will be recommended and performed in hopes of alleviating that pain and getting the patient back to normal.

Why Choose Become Pain Free?

From chiropractors to pain management specialists to expert spine surgeons, Become Pain Free can help get rid of your pain so you can get your life back on track. To learn more about how we can help, fill out the form on the right or call 888-373-3720. We'll connect you with the right specialist so you can stop living in pain.Call Become Pain Free... your pain solution.

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Posture and Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain is a miserable experience. Although some cases of neck pain are caused by an injury, many are simply due to poor posture. Poor posture stresses the muscles of the neck and can cause muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. Over time, the stresses of poor posture on the neck can cause degenerative diseases to develop in the discs and bones of the neck. Forward head A very commonly seen posture that puts a lot of strain on the neck is the forward head. The individual habitually thrusts the head forward, carrying it out in front of the shoulders. In this position, the weight of the head is constantly pulling on the spine and the shoulders. Sitting for hours hunched over a desk or a computer is a common cause of forward head. Many people with this habitual forward head carriage suffer from sore shoulders as well as a sore neck. Over time, the vertebrae at the base of the neck (C5 and C6) can develop painful degenerative conditions due to the constant weight of the head pulling on them in the forward head posture. Correct posture A correct posture is one that keeps the spine in alignment. Some people call it a neutral or balanced posture. One exercise to encourage a neutral posture is to focus on opening the chest wide as you try to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Once your chest is open, bring your head into alignment. Think of a string pulling up the top of your head and lengthening the neck. When you do this, your chin will tuck in and your head will naturally shift into proper alignment with your spine. Do the open chest/ string exercise multiple times a day. Other exercises to build better posture are head nods and chin tucks. To do a head nod, slowly nod your head slightly up and down without moving your neck. To do chin tucks, tip your nose down toward the ground and move the top of your head backwards. Repeat head nods and chin tucks several times a day. These exercises strengthen the muscles on the front of the neck. Individuals with habitual forward head posture usually have very weak muscles in the front of the neck. If you've worked hard at correcting your posture and you are still suffering from neck pain, why not give us a call?


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