What are some warning signs to watch for?

Although very uncommon, the following are warning signs to be aware of:

  • the loss of sensation or movement of your arms/legs
  • losing control of your bowel or bladder
  • fever is a sign of infection
  • problems with incision (drainage, swelling, opening)

Call your doctor or seek immediate medical attention if you have these symptoms.

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Is pain normal?

After cervical fusion, you can expect pain and possibly a sore throat.

After spine fusion, you can also expect pain. Both are generally well tolerated with pain medications. Surgical neck and back pain goes away with time.

If you had arm or leg pain, numbness, or weakness before surgery, it may be better immediately after surgery, it may take weeks to months to get better, or there may be no change.

Each patient’s condition is different, and nerves do not always heal even if the problem is corrected.

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What is the difference between x-rays, MRI, and CT scan?

X-rays are a type of radiation, and when they pass through the body, dense objects such as bone block the radiation and appear white on the x-ray film, while less dense tissues appear gray and are difficult to see. X-rays are typically used to diagnose and assess bone degeneration or disease, fractures and dislocations, infections, or tumors.

Organs and tissues within the body contain magnetic properties. MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, combines a powerful magnet with radio waves (instead of x-rays) and a computer to manipulate these magnetic elements and create highly detailed images of structures in the body. Images are viewed as cross sections or “slices” of the body part being scanned. There is no radiation involved as with x-rays. MRI scans are frequently used to diagnose bone and joint problems.

A computed tomography (CT) scan (also known as CAT scan) is similar to an MRI in the detail and quality of image it produces, yet the CT scan is actually a sophisticated, powerful x-ray that takes 360-degree pictures of internal organs, the spine, and vertebrae. By combining x-rays and a computer, a CT scan, like an MRI, produces cross-sectional views of the body part being scanned. In many cases, a contrast dye is injected into the blood to make the structures more visible. CT scans show the bones of the spine much better than MRI, so they are more useful in diagnosing conditions affecting the vertebrae and other bones of the spine.

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What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is the treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological injuries to promote a return to function and independent living. Physical therapy incorporates both exercise and functional training. Exercise restores motion and strength while functional training facilitates a return to daily activities, work, or sport.

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