The vast majority of work injuries in Pennsylvania heal with conservative treatment, allowing the injured worker to return both to work, as well as to activities of normal life. However, there are certainly the more serious injuries, where more invasive medical treatment is required.
Often the more invasive treatment options entail surgery. When we are talking about work injuries to the neck and back, the procedures we usually see are laminectomy, microdiscectomy and traditional lumbar fusion. For a description of each of these, and more information regarding these procedures, check out this post from Penn Medicine. For our purposes today, we are looking at the traditional lumbar fusion. As explained in the Penn Medicine article:
“Traditional spinal fusions are used to treat instability of the spine, scoliosis, severe degeneration of the discs, or a combination of these issues. A fusion involves using bone from the patient’s body to fuse one vertebrae to another. Often, metal screws (pedicle screws) are placed into the vertebrae to assist with the fusion process.”