Back Pain Research
Lumbar Fusion and Other Treatments for Disc-Derived Pain
Discogenic pain is low back pain due to the wearing away of a disc between the vertebrae. While treatment for this condition is often lumbar spinal fusion, its effectiveness, as well as that of other treatments, has not been established.
A new research study will compare the results of spinal fusion with those of non-surgical care for patients with similar disc degeneration. Researchers will also try to find out:
- What distinguishes people who choose surgery from those who do not choose surgery
- The consequences of common complications of spinal fusion surgery and how often they occur
- What predicts a good response to surgical therapy but not to other treatments
- What the characteristics and outcomes are of patients who have repeat back surgery for this condition.
Lumbar spinal fusion is a commonly performed procedure for several back problems, including disc degeneration, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and scoliosis. However, lumbar spinal fusion can have complications. A new back pain research study will follow 1,000 people who have spinal fusion for back pain to find out:
- How often complications occur after surgery
- How the rates of specific serious complications vary with different types of lumbar fusion
- The consequences of specific types of complications
- The characteristics of treatments for patients that predict particularly severe complications.
This information will help doctors better assess the benefits versus the risks of this procedure.