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  • Vertebral
  • Instrument systems and methods for the fusion of two or more adjacent vertebrae include devices to facilitate placement of screws and plates to stabilize the vertebrae and instruments to facilitate parallel decortication of the vertebral endplates prior to insertion of the bone graft. (google.ca)
  • After insertion of the bone graft, a plate is affixed to the vertebral screws using locking screws, to stabilize the joint so that fusion may occur. (google.ca)
  • The invention features a novel bushing that allows parallel decortication of the vertebral endplates to facilitate fusion. (google.ca)
  • Sometimes, additional pieces of hardware, such as plates, rods, screws and cage apparatus, are used to reinforce the bone graft or to further strengthen the fusion over several vertebral levels. (cure-back-pain.org)
  • Over time, the vertebral bodies can become so weak that normal activities such as bending over or lifting a bag of groceries, can cause a spinal fracture. (ustoo.org)
  • implant
  • An improved prosthetic implant for forming a rigid structure between adjoining vertebrae in a spinal column. (google.com)
  • A spinal implant (10) is disclosed which when placed within the spinal disc space stabilizes that spinal segment and materially participates in, and is incorporated in the ensuing fusion. (google.ca)
  • 18. The driver member of claim 17 in which said irregular end comprises an extended portion for fitting within a depressed portion of a spinal implant. (google.ca)
  • 19. A spinal implant comprising a generally rectangular ember having a dimension of less than the width of a disc space, whereby a plurality of said implants of different widths have a width of the size of a disc space. (google.ca)
  • heal
  • Patients who are considering undergoing a spinal fusion might be concerned about what to expect during the recovery period and what they can do to heal in a timely manner. (laserspineinstitute.com)
  • fracture
  • Sudden and severe pain, out of proportion to the activity at hand, is a hallmark sign of a spinal fracture. (ustoo.org)
  • Many patients mistakenly attribute the pain of a spinal fracture to a muscle strain or 'bad back. (ustoo.org)
  • exercise
  • One trial showed that fusion gave better clinical outcomes than conventional physiotherapy, and the other showed that fusion was no better than a modern exercise and rehabilitation program. (medhelp.org)