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Spinal health as important as other aspects

Author: Deepa Dhingra
by Deepa Dhingra
Posted: Feb 25, 2016

In the years spanning last few decades, a noticeable rise in the patients suffering spinal osteoarthritis has been noticed. Given the fact that osteoarthritis for spine can be chronic and worrying, the signs as well as symptoms are rarely progressive. There are many people across the globe who is suffering from the painful brunt of spinal osteoarthritis. Hence, it becomes apparent for them to seek best spinal osteoarthritis treatment.

Not every patient has to undergo surgery. As a matter of fact, orthopedic surgeons make sure that a person is able to get respite from the severe pain with medication and lifestyle changes. Only in adverse cases, surgery is recommended. Only if a patient has developed instability in joints or have spinal stenosis that is nerve root pinching that the surgeon advices for surgery. In most of the cases, these both conditions occur together as unstable joints start getting bigger over the period of time, thus leading to the stenosis of spinal canal.

For patients who are suffering from the problem of spinal arthritis, the most effective and recommended treatment is spine fusion surgery which impedes the motion at the painful joint.

At present, artificial discs, also known as total disc replacement surgery is contraindicated for those who are having the problem of osteoarthritis of the facets joints. Placement of artificial discs maintains motion via the painful degenerative facet joints. This type of surgery is meant only for those patients having degenerative disc disease without any facet joint pathology. As it is the motion in the joint which leads to pain, the primary goal of fusion surgery is to completely stop the motion, and thus stopping further pain.

Given the fact that number of people complaining of back pain is increasing each passing day, it has become extremely important for you to take care of your health. Instead of ignoring back pain which triggers on a regular basis, fix an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon who can guide you the best.

A lumbar fusion surgery aims at stopping the motion at the painful vertebral segment. This in turn helps in in decreasing the pain which triggers from the joint. It is important for you to know that there are different approaches for this kind of surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon will recommend the one which best suits you. However, all approaches involve the process mentioned below:

  • The bony fusion –In this procedure, one fixed bone is replaced with a mobile joint, thus stopping the motion at that particular joint.
  • Setting up a biological response which is responsible for the growth of bone graft between the two vertebral elements for creating bone fusion
  • Addition of bone graft to a particular segment of the spine

Patients who are suffering with the following conditions and are experiencing excessive and abnormal motion at the vertebral segment which is responsible for severe pain, orthopaedic might recommend lumbar fusion.

  • Lumbar Spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbar degenerative disc disease

Some other conditions which can also be treated with lumbar fusion are unstable spine, deformity, fractures or scoliosis.

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