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What are alternatives to lumbar spinal fusion surgery?

An alternative to lumbar spinal fusion surgery is pain medication with an intensive rehabilitation that also has a cognitive behavioral therapy component (CBT). This can strengthen the core and back muscles to help support the spine, helping to limit further damage. CBT will teach the patient how to better deal with pain, stress and anxiety resulting from chronic back pain.

If pain medication, rehabilitation and CBT fail, another alternative is trigger-point injections at tender points, injections into the epidural space of the spine or facet joint injections between each vertebra.

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