Spinal fusion: All pain, no gain?

Gabrielle Lis

Australians are turning to spinal fusions to control lower back pain despite a lack of evidence. Poor outcomes are particularly likely in the workers' comp system.

In developed countries like Australia, around 80% of people experience low back pain at some point in their life. In fact, between 15-30% of Australians are likely experiencing low back pain right now. Assuming readers of RTWMatters are not immune, this means that some of you may one day be faced with a decision: to fuse or not to fuse. Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure in which a bone graft is used to create a fusion between ...

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Published 10 October, 2016 | Updated 11 October, 2016