The first post of the series on fusion surgeries for treatment of degenerative disc disease often listed in claims for workers' compensation benefits mentioned several criticisms against the controversial surgical procedure. According to many critics, the surgery is essentially only a lucrative procedure that is less effective or even damaging compared to physical therapy for the back injury.
One of the most common injuries which form the basis for numerous workers' compensation benefits claims is degenerative disc disease. The disease consists of a slow breakdown of the soft discs located between vertebrae that act as shock absorbers for the spine. When the structure of the discs changes, it can cause lower back pain, neck pain and other problems such as spinal stenosis, the narrowing of the spinal canal, or herniated discs, abnormal bulges or breaks of a spinal disc.