Conditions

Vertebral Osteomyelitis: Rare Spinal Infection Can Cause Severe Back Pain

Vertebral osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone usually caused by bacteria. In the spine it is commonly found in the vertebrae, although the infection can spread into the epidural and intervertebral disc spaces.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Brace Treatment and Spine Surgery

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type of scoliosis affecting children and teenagers. Experts from the Scoliosis Research Society discuss bracing and spine surgery.

Thoracoscopy in the Treatment of Scoliosis

Thoracoscopy is a minimally invasive spine surgery performed to treat thoracic scoliosis. Thoracoscopy combines the science of endoscopy (video-assisted surgery) with thoracotomy (access to chest, or thoracic spine).

Early Onset Scoliosis in Children

Early onset scoliosis (EOS) is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine found in children under the age of 10 years. Scoliosis expert explains EOS diagnosis and treatment.

Degenerative Spondylolisthesis of the Lumbar Spine

Low back pain is a common degenerative spondylolisthesis symptom. This article covers non-surgical treatments for spondylolisthesis, including exercise, bracing, and medications. It also discusses surgery, although few patients will actually need surgery for spondylolisthesis.

Understanding Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome

Thoracic insufficiency syndrome (TIS) is rare and develops in young children with congenital scoliosis, which is when a baby is born with an abnormal spinal curve.

Could the Alexander Technique Relieve Your Chronic Back and Neck Pain?

The Alexander Technique involves human touch and the teacher uses his or her hands to gently adjust you into a proper upright position to help you release pressure in your head, neck, shoulders, and upper back.

The Schroth Method: A 3-Dimensional Treatment for Adolescent and Adult Scoliosis

The Schroth Method is a type of exercise for treating adolescent and adult scoliosis. Therapeutic spinal exercises focus on muscular balance, proper posture and breathing.

Scoliosis and the Swimmer: How Robotic Spine Surgery Kept a Teen’s Olympic Dreams Afloat

Adolescent scoliosis did not end this swimmer’s quest to fulfill dreams of swimming at the Olympic Games. How robotic spine surgery facilitated her scoliosis surgical procedure.

Causes of Scoliosis

There are many types of scoliosis such as adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and adult degenerative scoliosis. Causes of scoliosis can be congenital, syndromic, neurological, muscular and sometimes not known, which is called idiopathic.

Common Questions about Scoliosis Surgery

Five questions patient ask about scoliosis surgery answered by a spine specialist include pregnancy and potential allergic reaction to spinal instrumentation.

4 Scoliosis Questions Answered

This list may not cover all your scoliosis questions, so keep the lines of communication open with your medical team and reach out to them about your specific scoliosis care plan.

Is a Revision Spine Operation After Failed Back Surgery Right for Me?

Why your doctor may recommend non-surgical treatments to treat failed back surgery syndrome, and what types of spinal conditions causing FBSS need spine surgery first.

Physical Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Physical therapy can help you manage your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms with a variety of passive therapies (such as head and cold therapy) and active therapies (including aerobic exercise).

Exams and Tests for Rheumatoid Arthritis

To diagnose rheumatoid arthritis, the doctor will run through several exams and tests.

Anatomy of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects joints, and it can be present in the spine.

Acquired Upper Cervical Disorders and Your Spine

Upper cervical or neck disorders include basilar invagination, degenerative arthritis, pseudogot, synovial cysts, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Take Charge of Your Upper Back Pain

The upper back, or thoracic spine, is the area between the neck and low back. Stiffness, muscle spasms, and pain are common upper back symptoms.

Failed Back Surgery Treatments: Spinal Pumps and Spinal Cord Stimulation

Failed back surgery syndrome symptoms may be treated using a spinal pain pump or spinal cord stimulator. Either neuromodulation device may be implanted after a successful trial period to help manage back and/or neck pain and related symptoms

Revision Neck Surgery After Failed Back Surgery

When is a second neck surgery or cervical revision spine surgery needed? 10 things to know, the purpose of revision surgery, surgical procedures and questions to ask

Interventional Treatments for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: Radiofrequency Ablation and Adhesiolysis

Failed back surgery syndrome treatment may include radiofrequency ablation to help manage nerve and/or joint back pain. Adhesiolysis may be performed remove scar tissue.

How Physical Therapy Treats Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Physical therapy or physiotherapy is often part of a multidisciplinary program to treat failed back surgery syndrome, FBSS. Treatment includes passive and active therapies to help manage back pain and other symptoms

Medication Treatment for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications and medical marijuana may be part of your multidisciplinary plan to treat failed back surgery syndrome pain and symptoms.

Diagnosis of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Diagnosis of failed back surgery involves a comprehensive physical exam and neurological evaluation and in-depth review of your back or neck pain, symptoms and medical history.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) Symptoms

Back pain after spine surgery is common, but how can you tell if it’s beyond the typical pain of recovery? Failed back surgery syndrome symptoms and signs.

Treatments for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

From over-the-counter medications to physical therapy and exercise, these sacroiliac joint dysfunction treatments can help reduce or even prevent your low back pain.

Surgery for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Surgery for sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction is rare, but if non-surgical treatments, such as exercise and medications, haven’t worked for you, surgery may help you manage pain.

Minimally Invasive Treatment of Chronic Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Bipolar Radiofrequency Neurotomy, also known as Radiofrequency Ablation, is a minimally invasive procedure that disables and prevents nerve from transmitting pain signals to the brain. This procedure may help relieve sacroiliac joint pain.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Medications

There are several medications that can help you manage sacroiliac joint (SI joint) dysfunction. The medication you take will depend on your symptoms as well as the cause of your SI joint pain.

Sacroiliac Joint Injection Information

A sacroiliac joint injection serves several purposes. First, by placing numbing medicine into the joint, the amount of immediate pain relief you experience will help confirm or deny the joint as a source of your pain. Learn how the procedure is performed and what you may expect afterward.

Up to 30% of Low Back Pain May Be From the Sacroiliac (SI) Joint1

Dr. Amish Patel discusses SI joint pain and how the cause is diagnosed. “In my practice, the prevalence of sacroiliac joint pain is quite high. In patients presenting with a chief complaint of low back pain, I've seen as high as 30% have pain arising from the sacroiliac joint."

Exams and Tests for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction is challenging to diagnose. Several physical maneuvers, imaging studies, and SI injections help to confirm an accurate diagnosis.

Symptoms Related to Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

One of the main symptoms of sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction is low back pain. But with SI joint pain, you can also have pain in your hips and buttocks.

Sacroiliitis and Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Sacroiliitis is inflammation of one or both of your sacroiliac joints. Degenerative sacroiliitis is a type of SI joint pain.

Sacroiliac Joint Fusion Surgery Update

The iFuse Implant System from SI-BONE, Inc. received an elevated quality evidence recommendation from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) for minimally invasive surgical fusion in cases of sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

Spine Muscles in Pain? Myofascial Pain Syndrome May Be to Blame

Myofascial pain syndrome is back or neck pain caused by tight or twitching muscle and fascia trigger points. Many treatment options, including trigger point injections, can help manage spine pain.

Reduce Stress to Reduce Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Stress will exacerbate rheumatoid arthritis pain, so you need to know how to control it. This article includes ways to help reduce your stress, and in turn, reduce your symptoms.

Exercise and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Exercise is an essential part of relieving your rheumatoid arthritis pain. Exercise promotes joint health and muscle strength, and is even good for your mental health. Here's how to develop a program that's effective at managing your symptoms.

Common Rheumatoid Arthritis Questions

Brief answers to the most common RA questions so that you can get info fast.

Spinal Bracing: A Treatment Option for Spondylolisthesis

Depending on the severity of your spondylolisthesis, your doctor may have you wear a brace or corset to help support your spine. You won't have to wear it all the time; your doctor will create a spondylolisthesis treatment plan just for you.

Physical Therapy for Spondylolisthesis

Physical therapy is an often prescribed treatment option for spondylolisthesis, a low back condition. You'll strengthen the muscles that support the spine, and you'll learn how to keep your spine safe. If you have pain, though, the first goal will be to relieve that.

Isthmic Spondylolisthesis and Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

Isthmic spondylolisthesis should be differentiated from degenerative spondylolisthesis, which occurs due to the aging process along with the development of marked facet joint arthritis with rotatory vertebral slip.

Spinal Cord Injury: Inside the Fehlings Laboratory for Neural Repair and Regeneration

Dr. Michael Fehlings takes SpineUniverse inside his research lab and talks about his lab's areas of focus in spinal cord injury.

Spinal Cord Injury Glossary

Terms, words and phrases related to spinal cord injury are defined and explained.

Spondylolisthesis: Treatment, Restrictions, Bracing, Medication

Approximately 5% of the population has a spondylolisthesis, but many of those people will never need any treatment. The grade of slip (grades 1-5) and your symptoms will help determine your treatment.

Anatomy of Spondylolisthesis

To better understand why spondylolisthesis can cause low back pain and a change in body appearance such as swayback, it helps to know about basic spinal anatomy. This article explains how vertebrae work together to help you move.

Fall Prevention: Home and Office

How many times have you heard that most accidents occur at home? Often! Now add to that the increased number of people who work at home.

Causes of Kyphosis

The cause of your kyphosis depends on what type of kyphosis you have: postural or structural. Postural, not surprisingly, is caused by poor posture, but structural kyphosis is related to problems with parts of the spine. Review typical kyphosis causes.

Stiff Neck, Crick in the Neck and Relief

Is a stiff neck the same as having a crick in the neck? Learn about the symptoms, causes and home remedies and treatments.

When Is Back or Neck Pain an Emergency?

Not all back or neck pain is serious but how can you tell? Learn about 6 potentially serious spinal conditions and the symptoms that require urgent medical care.
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