A doctor later diagnosed the 14-year-old girl from Orlando with a lower spine fracture.

“I was put in a brace for 12 weeks at the start, but after the first 12 weeks, it wasn’t getting any better,” Estella said.

Dr. Allan Levi, Jackson Memorial Hospital’s chief of neurosurgery, stepped in and recommended a new, minimally invasive spinal surgery. Levi said the procedure was meant to fuse her lower spine.

“The treatment always to start with is conservative. That includes things like bracing, medications, injections. Unfortunately, the early treatment includes not doing the sports you love to do, and that is sort of what she was faced with in determining what the next steps were.”

The spinal fusion joins two or more bones permanently with bone or artificial material...(More)

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