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Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain

Question: Spinal Decompression

 lionel5620 - Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:54 pm

Does spinal decompression work if you already have had your spine fused?
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:27 pm

User avatar Hello,
Great question.
There really shouldn't be a reason to decompress a segment of the spine which is fused.
However, the segment of spine above and below a fused segment often becomes hypermobile which can lead to disc problems and nerve root impingement. And may need decompression...or fusion.
Take care and let us know how it goes.

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