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    There are much better ways to strengthen one's...

    There are much better ways to strengthen one's core than weight lifting.
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    Is that enough evidence? If not, go to PubMed...

    Is that enough evidence? If not, go to PubMed and search WEIGHT TRAINING SPINE DEGENERATION.
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    High-frequency loading of lumbar ligaments...

    High-frequency loading of lumbar ligaments increases proinflammatory cytokines expression in a feline model of repetitive musculoskeletal disorder.
    Pinski SE1, King KB, Davidson BS, Zhou BH, Lu Y,...
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    J Biomech. 2014 Jan 3;47(1):24-31. doi:...

    J Biomech. 2014 Jan 3;47(1):24-31. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2013.10.032. Epub 2013 Oct 28.
    Damage accumulation location under cyclic loading in the lumbar disc shifts from inner annulus lamellae to...
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    Phys Ther. 2014 Nov;94(11):1582-93. doi:...

    Phys Ther. 2014 Nov;94(11):1582-93. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20130095. Epub 2014 Jun 26.
    The dose-response relationship between cumulative lifting load and lumbar disk degeneration based on magnetic...
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    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Oct 15;39(22):1881-6....

    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Oct 15;39(22):1881-6. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000554.
    Early intervertebral disc degeneration changes in asymptomatic weightlifters assessed by t1ρ-magnetic resonance...
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    Some people are here for support, others are here...

    Some people are here for support, others are here for good information. Those two can occasionally conflict.
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    This isn't even close to the first time that...

    This isn't even close to the first time that we've had this same conversation.
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    Did she actually post xrays of her bending out...

    Did she actually post xrays of her bending out the curves, or just say she could do it?
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    As far as I know, functional curves never get to...

    As far as I know, functional curves never get to be large S curves.

    I really don't understand why this issue continues to be discussed. Scott believes something about his spine, and no amount of...
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    Scott... Please post a link of your most recent...

    Scott... Please post a link of your most recent lateral xray.
  12. Unfortunately, people who are accustomed to...

    Unfortunately, people who are accustomed to narcotics seem to have a much harder time in the early postop period. At UCSF, these people often end up in the ICU on a ketamine drip.

    I hope they can...
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    When someone has a deep infection, I think it...

    When someone has a deep infection, I think it often (maybe even always) forms a fistula. Without getting too graphic, there has to be somewhere for the biproduct of the infection gets stored.
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    If you're removing implants on a child or young...

    If you're removing implants on a child or young adult, there is a risk of minor curve progression over the patient's lifetime. I think the progression is rarely enough to require treatment, but...
  15. Good to know Gayle. I didn't have a clue. ...

    Good to know Gayle. I didn't have a clue. Thanks.
  16. Your state will cover you for temporary...

    Your state will cover you for temporary disability during the time you're off of work to have your surgery and recovery.
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    That's what the fusion is for. Implants alone...

    That's what the fusion is for. Implants alone will not hold your spine straight. They're there only to hold the spine straight while fusion occurs. The implants will eventually break if there is...
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    Carol... There is no reason to leave implants...

    Carol...

    There is no reason to leave implants in once the spine is solidly fused. I would personally opt for having the implants removed and not replaced until it's verified that the fusion isn't...
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    It really depends on the surgeon. Titanium is...

    It really depends on the surgeon. Titanium is brittle, and actually will break faster than stainless steel. The advantage to titanium (and cobalt chrome) is that it interferes less with MRI images. ...
  20. Hi... While scoliosis often causes breast...

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    While scoliosis often causes breast asymmetry, I can't remember ever reading anything that correlates scoliosis to lack of breast development (though the BMI in the "typical" teenage girl...
  21. Hi... Your recent history is almost identical...

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    Your recent history is almost identical to what I experienced About 8 years after my original surgery, I started having lower back pain again. I had pretty severe degeneration at L3-5. ...
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    Hi... There seems to be a vast range in terms...

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    There seems to be a vast range in terms of recovery rate. On average, the majority of patients who have complex spine surgery get back to work between 3 and 6 months postop. This is purely...
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    Newish... it's been discussed here previously. ...

    Newish... it's been discussed here previously. Do a search on MAGEC.
  24. You probably have cages or spacers at every ALIF...

    You probably have cages or spacers at every ALIF and XLIF level.

    --Linda
  25. If I have one complaint about surgeons, it's that...

    If I have one complaint about surgeons, it's that they don't have a clue about how much impact a date change has. I get that things happen, but I honestly think a little planning could resolve most...
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