Spinal fusion is the process of surgically mending the vertebrae (small bones) in the spine so that they heal together as a single bone. A person may opt to undergo a spinal fusion if they are experiencing pain, misalignment, or reduced mobility in the spine. Once the surgery is complete and the healing process is over, it’s a good idea (after consulting with your doctor) to start stretching your spine to regain strength and flexibility. This is when the ancient practice of doing yoga will become your best friend. You'll want to take it slow at first, so listen to your body and know your limits to avoid the risk of injury.
Scoliosis is a medical condition that involves the sideways curvature of the spine that causes back pain, uneven shoulder alignment and difficulty breathing. Scoliosis is one of the leading forms of spinal deformity in young adults with roughly three million new U.S. cases per year. In a majority of cases, scoliosis marked by only a slight curvature of the spine causes little to no problems and may go away as the child develops. In severe cases, when too much of a sideways curvature is present, surgical intervention may be required to prevent further medical complications. Such surgeries involve spinal fusions and require long incisions along the middle back. As with any invasive surgery, significant scarring is a likely outcome that can be managed with modern advances in topical silicone scar therapy.