Before Having Spinal Fusion Surgery, Talk With An IMAC Doctor About Fusion Surgery Alternatives
Disc injuries are common and many people choose surgery as a way to treat the pain that results from a herniation or bulge. You may know the exact moment you injured your back or you might have done a repeated movement over and over for years and finally your spine “had enough.”
We want to provide you with information on a common treatment for disc pain — spinal fusion surgery — and why you should consider non-surgical treatments before going under the knife and having hardware inserted into your neck or back.
Nearly half a million spinal fusion surgeries are performed in the United States each year, and chances are, you know someone who has had this procedure.
So, what is it? Spinal fusion is a surgery that permanently connects two or more vertebrae and prevents them from moving. Metal plates, rods, and screws are used so that the segment of the spine heals into one solid unit.
Why are spinal fusion surgeries performed? Three common reasons include:
- To correct spinal deformities, like a sideways curve or scoliosis.
- To restore spinal stability. Stability can be lost when arthritis is present in the spine.
- To stabilize the spine when a damaged or herniated disc is present.
Spinal fusion surgery is invasive, costly, painful, and is not always successful. IMAC Regenerative Centers specialize in FUSION SURGERY ALTERNATIVES than can accomplish the three problems listed above without surgery, and without narcotic pain medications.
Surgery is not the answer for everyone. Our physicians use the most advanced regenerative medicine techniques to heal the body from the inside out. The spine is no different! Our cutting edge protocols combine advanced biologic treatments, pain relieving injections, spinal decompression, and physical therapy to allow you to continue doing the things you love.
Spinal Decompression can be used to Avoid Spinal Fusion Surgery
Spinal decompression is one of the many tools we use at IMAC to alleviate back pain. Spinal decompression is performed with a state-of-the-art table that your physical therapist programs specific to your disc problem. The table uses a gentle pull to create negative pressure and pull the disc back into alignment. Super cool! Spinal decompression is a gentle, comfortable treatment… many patients ask if the table is turned on because the pull is so light.
When negative pressure is present, the herniation is “sucked back into place” between the vertebrae. Now, oxygen and nutrients scan penetrate the disc and heal the tear.
The effects of spinal decompression CANNOT be mimicked by inversion tables or traction tables.
Spinal decompression can be effective for people with disc bulges or herniation in the neck, upper back, mid back, and low back. Our goal is to educate as many people as possible about their specific spinal problem and the non-surgical treatment options available. The IMAC slogan is Success Without Surgery for a reason!