Fusion of your spinal segments can occur naturally if the bones in your spine grow together and the body produces bone tissue that connects them, but more frequently the bones are fused through a surgical procedure to limit the motion at that segment and to decrease any nerve pinching and pain that is happening. The nerve pinching could be caused by a disc injury or loss of disc height, arthritis, or bone spurs at the joints. Fusion is most commonly done in the neck or low back and it is done to improve the stability at that segment. It is very important to learn how to use your muscles surrounding the area of fusion to further stabilize the spine and to limit any other damage to the segments above and below the area of surgery. At Goodell PT we can teach you safety techniques, strengthening, biomechanics, and help to decrease your pain with manual therapy and scar mobilization.