Spine disorders result when it is stressed by injury, poor posture, disease, wear and tear, or poor body mechanics. Unlike acute low back pain which typically resolves with rest and exercise, patients who suffer from chronic pain may require a spinal fusion.
A spinal fusion is a surgical procedure performed to permanently fuse (join) one or more bony vertebrae. It will stop the motion in the painful area of your spine allowing you to return to a more normal lifestyle.
Traditional Lumbar Fusion
Most commonly, mechanical issues and soft-tissue injuries are the cause of low back pain. These injuries can include damage to the intervertebral discs, compression of nerve roots, and improper movement of the joints. The single most common cause of lower back pain is a torn or pulled muscle and/or ligament. Lumbar (lower back) pain can include pain when lifting, bending, standing or sitting as well as weakness, numbness and tingling within the legs. A Lumbar fusion can be performed using a posterior or anterior approach.