FAQ: Can I Invert with Fused Vertebrae?

Always consult your doctor before inverting

Many people come to us post-surgery, realizing the undergoing more aggressive treatment for their back pain still has not helped the problem. As a result, we have many people asking us if it is safe to invert if they have fused vertebrae.

While we have heard anecdotal stories of customers inverting under the care or advice of their doctor after they are fully healed from this type of procedure, there are are many types of fusion surgeries with a variety of levels of success. Ultimately you and your medical adviser must discuss the possibility of inverting and decide if it is advisable for your particular situation. If your doctor is unfamiliar with inversion therapy, you can print out this document to use to talk about inversion with your doctor and direct them to relevant medical studies about inversion therapy.

If your doctor is curious about clinical inversion, and whether you should invert with fused vertebrae, you can direct them to the section of our website that discusses inversion tables for clinical use. It’s also a good idea to review these contraindications for inversion before considering inversion of any kind. As always, we stress that inversion should be a comfortable experience. If you experience any pain while inverting, you should slowly return upright and discontinue use.

6 comments

    • Brad

      I do. I had a fusion at L5-S1 and I have spondylolisthesis. It’s only been a few days, but I can say that I definitely feel improvement. I just feel much better overall. It’s very relaxing!

  1. This is an excellent question and discussion. I have had this question asked by many patients over the years. Unfortunately, most surgeons are notfamiliar with Inversion. It is up to youto help educate them on this marvelous treatment. I have successfully used inversion on many failed post surgical patients including fusion. I always wait at least 6 months before trying inversion with fusion patients. Patients who have had laminectomies can attemptinversion much sooner. Every case is different as every patient has their own set of circumstances. If you are really sick and tired of being in pain, taking pills the surgery didn’t provide the pain relief you were hoping for then you need to take matters into your hands and insist your surgeon work with you on this. If he/she is unwilling get another doctor. Read all the testimonials on this blog and on Teeter HangUps Facebook pagefrom patients who have had similar experiences. If you have any questionsI would be happy to try and help you. You can send me an email at drcmgonzalez50@yahoo.com or look me up on facebook DrCarlos Gonzalez.

  2. Anonymous

    Thanks Dr. Gonzalez for your insight. As a reminder, we encourage every customer to consult their medical professional before invert.

    There was a study by Daniel Murphy, DC, FACO who wanted to find out if Inversion helps to naturally pull the vertebrae back into alignment. His study took place over 10 years with 30 patients and measured disc height & anteriolisthesis. What he found was that patients who used inversion average amount of reduction was 7 mm in patients with spondylolytic anteriolisthesis. Dr. Murphy concluded that within 10 minutes, the anterilolysthesis was completely reduced, and the longer you hang, the more its reduce.

    Customers have also told us about their personal success with inversion and Spondylolisthesis. In 2008 we heard from Jimmy who said, “In January of this year, after more than a year of discomfort before that, I was diagnosed with two herniated discs and Spondylolisthesis. My Neurosurgeon wanted to schedule surgery immediately. I wanted to make sure this was the correct path and looked for alternatives. I found a service which provided inversion therapy (actually traction), but they wanted several thousand dollars for the complete course of therapy.

    “Then, I saw a Teeter commercial.

    “I purchased a 9000 in April and have used it almost every day since. My current routine is 10 to 15 minutes twice a day with crunches, twists and pull-ups. I have come from constant pain to winning my age group in a 10k race last Sunday. Obviously, the problem has not been eradicated, but Id call that one heck of an improvement!! Thank you very much!

    “I am constantly promoting the benefits of inversion therapy to anyone who will listen

    “Once again, I thank you for your marvelous device!”

  3. My reply to Jimmy is what makes him say that the problem has not been eradicated? Does he still have some pain? Did he ever try Chiropractic adjustments to the spine in addition to the inversion. Was the original diagnosis from an MRI? Has there been a repeat MRI that show’s there’s still2 herniated discs? I would love to do a study of people with confirmeddisc herniations via MRI and then do repeatstudies after 3- months of inversion. One group with just inversion and the other group with inversion and Chiropractic adjustments. Any takers?

  4. My reply to Jimmy is what makes him say that the problem has not been eradicated? Does he still have some pain? Did he ever try Chiropractic adjustments to the spine in addition to the inversion. Was the original diagnosis from an MRI? Has there been a repeat MRI that show’s there’s still2 herniated discs? I would love to do a study of people with confirmeddisc herniations via MRI and then do repeatstudies after 3- months of inversion. One group with just inversion and the other group with inversion and Chiropractic adjustments. Any takers?

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