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Fused vertibrae

06/03/2011

Question:

Are there any procedures that can unfuse vertibrae? I have a fused L4-L5 from birth. I`ve always had a limited range of motion and my back does not bend as much as it should.

Answer:

Hello, thank you for your question. No, there really isn't any way to "unfuse" a vertebra. I'm not sure how much you think your back "should" bend, but I don't think there's much you can do about it other than do your best to stretch and improve your overall flexibility. If it is a pain issue there might be treatments available to you, but that's about it. Good luck.

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Response by:

David J Hart, MD David J Hart, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University