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Are you experiencing chronic neck or back pain? See what factors may play a role in your spine pain

Spine Conditions We Treat

You can rely on Dignity Health’s advanced techniques and compassionate care to help you get back on your feet again. Select a condition below to learn more.

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Find a Spine Specialist

If back or neck pain is slowing you down, we've got your back. Use our online directory to find a spine specialist near you.

Is Spine Surgery Right For You?

Find out if spine surgery might be right for you:

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Your doctor may recommend spinal fusion if noninvasive treatments such as physical therapy, joint injections, or back braces have not worked. A spinal fusion may treat chronic pain and disability caused by:

  • spinal infections or tumors
  • spinal stenosis (narrowing)
  • soliosis or kyphosis (an abnormal curvature of the spine)
  • degenerative disc disease
  • spondylolisthesis (forward slippage of a vertebrae onto the one below it)

If your doctor determines that surgery is your best option, ask if you are eligible for minimally invasive surgery. It can result in less pain and a quicker recovery than open surgery.

Spinal fusion surgery will be performed in a hospital or outpatient surgery center at Dignity Health. You will be given general anesthesia to keep you asleep and eliminate pain. You will either have an open surgery with one large incision or a minimally invasive procedure with several small incisions. Your surgeon will use a bone graft to join two vertebrae together.

After your surgery, you may need to spend three to four days in the hospital and rehabilitation center. Your surgery care team may give you a neck or back brace to provide support while you heal. You may also receive physical therapy to help you regain strength and mobility. Your physical therapist will help you learn how to move, sit, walk, and stand in ways that can help you protect your spine. Recovery from spinal fusion surgery may take up to a year.

After surgery, most people typically get back to their active lifestyles and experience less pain in their backs. However, because your vertebrae will be fused, you may have less flexibility than before surgery.

You can take steps to prevent future back problems when you:

  • avoid repetitive movements that put stress on your back or neck
  • follow recommended exercises to strengthen your back or neck muscles
  • maintain good posture
  • use proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects
  • maintain a healthy weight