Spine is one of the most important parts of our body. It is made up of 33 vertebrae and it plays a crucial role of protecting our spinal cord. Taking good care of our spine becomes all the more important because it is responsible for keeping our body erect.
Why Spine Care is Crucial for Leading a Healthy Life?
A spinal fusion is a surgery in which two or more vertebrae are fused or joined permanently to avoid independent movement, stabilize the spine and maintain the normal disc space between the vertebrae. A spinal fusion may be an option if a patient has lumbar degenerative disc disease or lumbar spondylolisthesis. A weak or unstable spine, fractures, birth deformity and scoliosis may also be treated with spinal fusion repair. This is done by removing the inter-vertebral disc or bone spurs. This reduces some of the pressure on the nerves, helping to reduce pain. Besides this, fusing of the two vertebrae together may also stop the formation of bone spurs at that location, which can further reduce pain and potential nerve injury. Before deciding on the type of fusion to be performed, here are some things the patient should take under consideration: Continue Reading
What is artificial disk replacement?
Artificial disk replacement is a newer surgical procedure where the painful disk is replaced with an artificial disk. The artificial replacement surgery can be performed on the lumbar spine or the cervical spine. The disk used in the surgery is designed with the goal of resembling the function of the natural disk and restoring the motion to the spine. Lumbar disk replacement surgery is performed to relieve the low back pain.
Reasons for lumbar spine surgery