A spinal fusion is a surgery to weld together two vertebrae. Vertebrae are the bones that make up the spine.

To treat persistent pain and disability caused by:

Spinal fusion may be done if the treatments below do not relieve pain and disability:

  • Rest
  • Pain medicines
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy
  • Injection of drugs to relieve pain and swelling
  • Massage
  • Bracing
  • Behavior change therapy

Imaging tests must also show a problem that can be fixed with this procedure.