Los Angeles Minimally Invasive Spine Institute Blog

My doctor recommended a lumbar fusion. Are there alternatives?

A spinal fusion surgery is an extensive procedure that requires a rejection of any future consideration of less invasive alternatives. Often, a spinal fusion is offered before less invasive alternatives can be considered. Dr. Rappard discusses what some less invasive alternatives to spinal fusion might be. These alternative can treat back pain while providing a rapid recovery and maintaining the normal stability and motion of the spine.

The 4 Pillars of Treating Chronic Spinal Pain

George Rappard MD discusses the 4 key pillars of spine care. The 4 pillars are physical therapy and chiropractic care tailored to your condition, appropriate selection of medical therapy, pain injections targeting your specific pain source and, as a last result, minimally invasive motion and stability preserving spinal surgery performed as an outpatient procedure. Through effective use of the first 3 pillars only about 5% of our patients need to go on to have back surgery or neck surgery.

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