Tag: spinal fusion

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 »

Washington Post reports on the rise of spinal fusion surgery due to financial incentives.

Washington Post reports on the rise of spinal fusion surgery due to financial incentives. As a chiropractor, we do everything to help someone avoid aggressive interventions such as spinal fusion surgery, which helps some but has a history of harming many who were poor candidates. When you visit a doctor with horrible pain, you want a solution, and when conservative solutions fail to relieve the pain (they do not solve every disc problem, but relieve most), sometimes surgery may be the best approach to bring long lasting relief. What if your doctors motives are their financial interests instead of yours? Read More »