Golf Today Northwest - - News - Dr.sese is the Clin­i­cal Direc­tor at the Wash­ing­ton Golf Per­for­mance In­sti­tute in Belle­vue, WA.

There is nor­mally space be­tween each ver­te­bra. When this space is re­duced, or com­pro­mised, nerves can be­come pinched and com­pressed. In a fu­sion, the sur­geon will recre­ate the nor­mal space by in­sert­ing some sort of spacer such as an ar­ti­fi­cial disc. For pa­tients who are hav­ing pain due to a com­pressed nerve, this space should re­lieve the com­pres­sion and al­le­vi­ate the pain. So back to the ques­tion about the pos­si­bil­ity of pur­su­ing a golf ca­reer af­ter a lum­bar fu­sion. My an­swer is yes, golf is pos­si­ble, based on my pa­tients and ex­pe­ri­ence. It is very rare that a pa­tient re­ceives a lum­bar fu­sion and is not able to play golf. How­ever, I do have to give the dis­claimer that I have sev­eral pa­tients who have had a lum­bar fu­sion and their back pain did not go away. In some cases, their back prob­lems wors­ened. Be­fore any­one con­sid­ers this type of surgery, I will al­ways rec­om­mend try­ing con­ser­va­tive treat­ment first. This in­cludes any­thing from Chi­ro­prac­tic care, phys­i­cal ther­apy, mas­sage ther­apy, acupunc­ture, re­hab ex­er­cises, and even steroid in­jec­tions. If, af­ter try­ing of these there is still a back-pain prob­lem, then surgery may be an op­tion. I have at­tached a few ba­sic pic­tures to help you vi­su­al­ize an an­te­rior lum­bar in­ter­body fu­sion a lit­tle bet­ter. If you are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing acute or chronic back pain, or have ever been rec­om­mended for surgery, please con­sider con­tact­ing us for a con­sul­ta­tion. You would be sur­prised how proper treat­ment and ex­er­cise can help al­le­vi­ate your back pain and even pre­vent surgery.

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