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Orthopedic Disk Fusion - Allow Fusion on your spine or not

Updated on August 14, 2011

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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.

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Disk Fusion


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.

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      9 years ago

      Good info...thanks.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Jim, I understand where you are coming from. But I can assure you that my husband was black and blue when they got to Perth and hour later. And they rushed him to the hospital.

      Whether it was something to do with being on traction or not I do not know. But it was not good. They said he should have gone with flying doctor but they were busy with other accidents.

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      9 years ago

      Great article except for the plane part. Airlines are pressurized to 10,000 feet so regardless of how high you actually are, your body acts as if it is at 10,000 feet. While it is true that some people get hypoxic below 10,000 feet it certainly is not the norm by any stretch.

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      11 years ago

      hello. im a teenager from the east. I had scoliosis i was diagnosied with it when i was 7. Now im 12 and i had spinal fusion.. I get lower back pain all the time. The doctor said that its the nerves rubbing against the metal in my back.

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      11 years ago

      Back pain can be for several more reasons likeDegenerative Disc Disease read more

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      12 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Sally, yes I agree with you. As I said in article it can be caused from accident, sport, illness and aging.

      That is the reason I wrote this article to make people aware of other options. never accepts one persons opinion. As we only have one spine. My husband would not be working or walking if it hadnt been for the chiropractors. I was treated for throat infections for months taking antibiotics from doctor. I went to chiro and had disks in my neck out and fixed in one visit. All the tablets in the world would not have worked.

      There are so many options open to people if they look. And one type may not suit everyone. I am glad for you that you found help with acupuncture.

      Thanks for stopping by .

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      12 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Cgull, yes there is no simple solution to back injuries or back pain. And no one understands the level of pain caused from this. My husband has paid hundreds of dollars in the early days, but in (his) opinion he doesnt think it works in fact he preferred not to wear it. But everyone is different. Thanks for stopping by

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      12 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Eileen, many of us suffer the back pain brought on by degenerative disk disease, and few of us get good advice about how to fix it.  The causes of this kind of back pain are many, and they are not limited to the ageing process.

      I was born with a congenital deformity of the back.  I've had severe back pain all of my adult life, and suffered herniated and ruptured disks because of this condition.  I have had well-meaning doctors who prescribed a variety of treatments through the years such as bed rest, drugs, physical therapy, and surgery.  For me, bed rest did nothing, drugs didn't work except to make me a zombie, and physical therapy made things worse.  After the bed rest, drugs, and PT, I refused surgery.

      15 years ago, I met a doctor who changed my life.  She was a pediatrician at our Philadelphia Children's Hospital, and also an an acupuncturist.  After 6 months of treatment with her, I have never had another debilitating episode of back pain.

      I'm not promoting acupuncture.  What I am saying is that there is no simple answer to relief from chronic, persistent, or acute back pain, and anyone who suffers with this ailment should look into all alternatives keeping in mind that PT may be harmful and surgery is the absolute last resort.

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      12 years ago from North Carolina

      After reading this, I also have to be careful. I used to do Yoga, but sadly have no time to do them regularly, it helped my back pain. I have seen the postal delivery guys wearing a special padding, they say it helps their back when they lift heavy loads. We should get them a few when we lift heavy objects at home.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      12 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      I can understand what you must have been going through because of my husband. I used to be a courier driver and after lifting heavy items like tv's on my own I stuffed my back up and without the chiros I wouldnt have been able to do it.

      There is definitely a need for other types of medicines and treatments. But one sort is not for everyone. Thanks for stopping by Sweetie pie.

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      12 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I have suffered through sciatic through the majority of my twenites, so I appreciate any article about this topic. People were always surprised I have this condition because I am so young, but there is a small number of people who do get it early on. Thanks for the informative hub.


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