Spine Fusion Surgery & PTSD

Spine fusion surgery is not an easy thing to go through. In fact, it may have a lasting psychological effect on a patient. This is according to a study from the Oregon Health and Science University, published in the medical journal Spine, which found that nearly one out of every five people who get spine fusion surgery experiences some post-traumatic stress disorder as a result.

Symptoms of PTSD are very intrusive, and often include recurrent dreams or intense memories of your trauma, which may be triggered by events that remind you of this trauma. You may feel intense fear, extensive memory lapses, and depression. People with particularly bad cases can become isolated from people around them and experience a significant decline in their quality of life.

If you must go in for spine fusion surgery, be sure to take appropriate measures. Look to the people around you for emotional support, and seek out therapy if you need it. If you can, consider our Edmonds chiropractic clinic for safe, non-invasive alternatives for maintaining good back health.