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Hi All Ive Been Offered Spine Fusion But Im In 2 Minds About Having The Procedure,can Anybody Comment Whos Had It Done Thankyou All

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PT is Physical Therapy. Preferably with a DOCTOR of physical therapy who is able to show you proper technique as well as when to switch to recovery therapy and how to do so after exercise in order to continue move forward with healing. It is a delicate balance for us that must incorporate core and support tissue strengthening to support our crumbling spines and bone structure together, gentle stretching to allow us to keep the ability to move, balance to help us stay on our feet and not face plant the pavement, and tissue recovery because we are in a constant state of breakdown that must be recovered. I use resistance pullys and light weight for strength, balls and poles for loosening and balance, stretching, and massage. Low impact movement like going for a walk, easy bike ride, swimming, or low resistance elliptical is important to keep blood and lymphatic flow moving too. No medicine or surgery wil help us without us doing these things for ourselves along the way. The healthiest possible diet we can bring ourselves to eat is equally as vital. These are just the things that I have personally learned after trying the conventional way of just taking medicine and getting surgeries backfired on me. I have witnessed as much too on this and a couple of other sites as well as the large retirement community in which I live, including my elderly parents and in-laws '80s-'90s.
And, youre welcome, I'm always very happy to help people find healthier ways to keep living a happier healthier life.πŸ˜ŒπŸ™it can be so tragic otherwise.πŸ˜”

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Thanks pitac when you say manage it with PT.what does PT stand for thanks gary

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Yep. Thats what I was told. Once you start down the surgery route, with degenerative disc disease and facet arthritis, it speeds up the degeneration and disease activity of the adjacent vertebra taking on the flexion load. There are a couple of surgical options that maintain flexibility of the lumbar spine, TOPS and Coreflex, but from what I can/cannot find in researching these are not available for cervical yet. 2 Neurosurgeons and 2 Orthopedic surgeons have told me that as long as I can manage it with PT etc I will be better off than having fusion surgeries. No one is ever pain-free from any of the spine surgeries. If you have bowel and bladder control, can talk, and can walk at all it is best to put it off. Only surgeons eager for the income will jump to it. Get 3 separate opinions from surgeons not affiliated with the same med group before you go under the knife.

Look into availability of stem cell treatment under your insurance policy and in your area. I had it done 3 months ago into 3 vertebra in my neck. Helpful, much easier, but will need to be repeated because I'm so far out of alignment.πŸ˜ŒπŸ™

posted June 30
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hi kerry hope your feeling ok today, my fusion will be in my lower back,thats why im in 2 minds about having the operation, as you stated where they fuse it puts strain on the rest of the vertibrae,i already have disc degeneration and arthritis,so was wondering if i would be any better off having the surgery thankyou and hope everything turns out fine for you in the future gary

posted June 29
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I had rods and screws in the neck c4, c5, and c6. Now the entire neck needs it, as it caused weakness where the hardware was. I'm being told that if I go through with another surgery to lengthen the rods all down my neck, I will lose mobility and asked to wait til it's absolutely necessary. The doc said with AS, maybe my neck will fuse on its own and then I wouldn't need to put myself through it. The whole neck and into upper back will need to be done now.

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