Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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Assuming the 20 year old fusion is solid (no pseudoarthroses), the most common problem at around 20 years post-fusion is a proximal junctional kyphosis (PJK). The movable levels above the solid spine (fused) segment tends to take all the stress as a stress riser and simply wears out. Depending on the amount of angulation (kyphosis) is present and how many segments are involved, another fusion might be necessary. You start the diagnostic process with a standard X-ray.

Dr. Corenman

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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.