Orthopedic Disk Fusion - Allow Fusion on your spine or not
With our medical technology improving all the time, should we stop and ask ourselves, is this a good thing or not? A degenerated spine can cause anyone a lot pain. It affects their normal everyday movements, and results in lack of normal sleep.
What is a degenerative disc?
Degenerated disc disease causes low back pain in our body. This is a natural part of growing old, although some is caused through injuries to their backs from accidents or sport. Illness can also cause the spinal discs to crack and rupture. The jelly nucleus may leak, therefore causing pressure, or pinching on the spinal nerves.
Symptoms can vary from person to person. Many suffer chronic or mild pain in the lower back, headaches, migraines, numbness, or tingling in the fingers or legs.
Understanding the Pain
No one really understands the extent of pain that his or her partner is suffering, caused from degenerated disks. It is the same when admitted to hospital. A nurse is marvelous when treating cuts, abrasions and various wounds, although they cannot do much for the patient suffering from this pain, (in my opinion) except sympathize with the patient.
Exercising helps the pain
Exercise can help improve low back pain and keep the average sufferer to stay active. Never overdo the exercise, err on the side of caution. Stretching exercises will help to improve your overall well-being.
Scoliosis affected Spine
Fusion of the spine is a procedure used to correct injuries to the vertebrae of the spine. In some cases, they fuse two or more vertebrae together. Sometimes using bone grafts or metal screws and rods.
Used when suffering from
Unstable spine caused from tumors or infections, curvatures of the spine like with scoliosis, and degeneration of the disks.
This fusion may take away some of your spinal movement. Normally they would only fuse two segments together, therefore not limiting two much movement.
Be advised by your medical professionals. Although never agree until you obtain several different individual opinions.
Our Personal Experience
As an example, my husband has suffered from degenerated disks since he was twenty-five, mainly caused from working on farm machines. The constant vibration and heavy lifting did not help.
The medical gurus wanted him to have an operation then, offering him a fifty percent chance of success. They stated that he would be in a wheelchair by the time he reached forty without the operation. He declined, and is now sixty-five and is still walking. It has not been easy; at times, he has been that bad he has crawled on the floor, until he received manipulation relief from a chiropractor. Without their help, I do not know how he would have survived.
At one stage a doctor put him in traction, when that did not work, he was flown to Perth in a normal plane and turned blue on arrival. Evidently back injured patients should not go above a certain height, (that is what we were told).
He has always worked; sure, he has good and bad days. As you age, you learn to live and accept pain. Some people can accept a higher pain level living with more pain than others can stand.
Always ask for several opinions, ask the experts. Weigh up the pros and cons. Then make the decision which best suits your particular injuries and pain level of suffering.