Tag Archives: lumbar fusion

Emerging controversy in spine surgery research

Imaging this scenario:  You’ve been suffering from chronic back pain for many months and you’ve tried multiple therapies, injections, medications, etc to no avail.  The next step is to go and consult with the neurosurgeon who recommends a fusion of the vertebral segments that they determine are the source of your pain.  They outline all the risks, chances […]

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If you are like me, trying to make sound, educated health care decisions in today’s instant access world can  be a daunting task.  We are inundated almost daily with results of studies that claim to have the latest answers to improve our health.  However, not all studies are properly conducted and often the results then cannot […]

The effects of prolonged bed rest on muscles of the spine and vertebral discs

When I first graduated from PT school over 16 years ago, bed rest was still a very popular treatment for acute back pain.  Luckily, over the years, the medical community has taken a much more “active” approach” to treating back pain.  However, there is still a small portion of the medical field that believes in […]

Is physical therapy needed after lumbar fusion? Well, it depends….

I was just asked again over the weekend from a friend of mine who had a one level lumbar spine fusion if PT is needed after surgery to help with recovery.  I asked him what his doctor had advised him and his reply from his surgeon was  “well, I don’t think you need PT, just don’t bend, […]