There are many options for alternative therapies to treat back and neck pain, including massage, acupuncture, yoga, and more. A large review reveals which options are the most effective at relieving pain.
A study published in the journal Spine and conducted by the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) determined that nearly 1 in 5 patients develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after having a fusion surgery.
People who live with chronic pain can feel frustrated because there is no way to scientifically quantify their pain responses. However, a recent analysis of MRI scans of people in chronic pain show that there may be a way to map pain in the brain.
Though you don't have to know as much as a spine surgeon, it is important to understand the type of spine surgery you are signing up for, and what types of implants will become a permanent part of your body during a fusion surgery.