Friday, 11 June 2010 23:31

Lumbar spine Fusion & Cervical spine Fusion

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Anatomy of the spine

The Human spine extends from the skull to the pelvis and is made up of 33 individual bones termed vertebrae.  The strong connective tissue act as a cushion between each vertebra, which holds one vertebra to the next. The disc allows the movement of the vertebrae and lets people bend and rotate their neck and back. The type and degree of motion varies between the different levels of the spine: cervical (neck), thoracic (chest) or lumbar (low back).

  • The cervical spine is a highly mobile region that permits movement in all directions.
  • The thoracic spine is much more rigid due to the presence of ribs and is designed to protect the heart and lungs.
  • The lumbar spine allows mostly forward and backward bending movements (flexion and extension).

Lumbar fusion

Lumbar fusion is a surgical technique in which two or more bones or vertebrae in the lower back are fused together. It is usually performed on patients who have chronic low back pain. It is also called a “spine fusion

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