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Spinal fusion; costly yes, effective ??? Here’s what data suggests you should do first for back pain.

Spinal fusion; costly yes, effective ???  Here’s what data suggests you should do first for back pain. After experiencing lower back pain for weeks, an MRI is ordered and indicates that you have a badly herniated disc.  Your next visit consists of your doctor suggesting you will need a spinal fusion.  What should you do? Spinal fusion surgery is performed in the USA and in Australia at rates that doubled from 2000 through 2009.   The idea behind a fusion is that by fusing the segments that are problematic, it will solve your problem. The truth is that there is little evidence to support Read More »