Other Spinal Disorders Articles

Spinal Trauma: Beyond Spinal Cord Injury

Overview of 6 types of spinal trauma beyond spinal cord injury includes diagnosis, treatment and next steps after serious neck or back injury.

Coccydynia is Tailbone Pain

Coccydynia is the medical term for pain in your coccyx, or tailbone. Coccydynia can make sitting and leaning back very uncomfortable.

Tarlov Cysts and Back Pain

Tarlov cysts, also called perineural and sacral nerve root cysts, can compress a spinal nerve root causing back pain, weakness and numbness that may radiate into the legs.

Synovial Cysts in the Spine

Synovial cysts in the spine are benign (not cancer), fluid-filled sacs that develop in the facet joints of the lumbar spine as a result of degeneration. A synovial cyst in the low back is pictured and a spine surgeon explains how a cyst is diagnosed and treated.

Spina Bifida: A Neural Tube Defect

Spina bifida, which means “split spine”, is a common neural tube defect that occurs when the baby’s bones around the spinal cord failed to close properly during the first month of pregnancy.

Paget’s Disease and Your Spine

Paget’s disease is the second most common bone disorder in the United States, behind osteoporosis.

Chiari Malformation: A Basic Overview

Chiari malformation is a condition that causes brain tissue to settle into the spinal canal. It develops where your skull and neck (cervical spine) come together.

Intervertebral Disc Infection: Discitis and How it Affects Children

Discitis, or disc space infection, is an inflammation of the intervertebral disc.This rare disease, which impacts 1 out of every 100,000 people, can occur in adults but is more common in children.

What is Syringomyelia?

Syringomyelia occurs when a fluid-filled cyst or syrinx forms within the spinal cord. As the cyst progressively grows larger, the spinal cord is compressed and be damaged.

Spinal Infection: Epidural Abscesses

The symptoms of an epidural abscess can be subtle, and symptoms vary based on the location of the abscess.

Cervical Sports Injuries: The Stinger

Burners and stingers are cervical injuries that occur when the head and/or neck is forcefully hit and moved to one side causing the shoulder to be pulled in the opposite direction. Stinger injuries are often associated with playing sports such as footfall, basketball or soccer.

Avascular Necrosis: What is it?

Kummel disease is a rare variation of avascular necrosis (AVN) that can affect the spine’s vertebrae, usually the thoracic spine (mid back) region. Osteonecrosis, aseptic necrosis and ischemic bone necrosis are other names for this bone disease.

Arachnoiditis

Arachnoiditis is a debilitating condition characterized by severe stinging and burning pain and neurologic problems. It is caused by an inflammation of the arachnoid lining; one of the 3 linings that surround the brain and spinal cord.

Understanding Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

Acute flaccid myelitis is a rare disease; in fact, fewer than one in a million people will develop it. Anyone, from children to adults, can get AFM. Be informed about the symptoms and prevention.

Osteomyelitis: Vertebral Infection

Vertebral osteomyelitis is the most common form of vertebral (spinal bone) infection, though it’s a relatively rare disease.

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.

Adjacent Segment Disease and Back Pain

Adjacent segment disease, a known complication of spinal fusion, can also be caused by degenerative changes in the back and neck.

A Closer Look at Lordosis

Swayback is often caused by lordosis; an abnormal inward curve of the lumbar spine.

FAQs about Flatback Syndrome

A loss of normal lumbar (low back) lordosis (spinal curvature) or actual kyphosis in the lumbar spine may produce a symptom called flatback syndrome.

Facet Joint Syndrome

Facet joint syndrome is a common cause of pain related to the spine. The facet joints can become inflamed secondary to injury or arthritis and cause pain and stiffness.

Discitis: Disc Space Infection

Discitis, or disc space infection, is an inflammatory lesion of the intervertebral disc that occurs in adults but more commonly in children.

Pain Dictionary for Patients

A dictionary of terms associated with back pain for patients.

Study: Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery for Metastatic Spinal Tumors

A patient-friendly explanation of study on the effectiveness of stereotactic body radiosurgery on patients with metastatic spinal tumors.

Surgery and Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Study

A patient-friendly explanation of study on surgery's effectiveness on patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy.

Spina Bifida Occulta and Open Spina Bifida - A Patient's Guide

The term spina bifida covers malformations that always include deformities of certain parts of the vertebrae, the spinous process and vertebral arch. It has been described as a failure of these bones to fuse during early fetal development.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition that stems from impingement on a network of nerves called the brachial plexus, which can cause pain and weakness in your upper extremities. Article discusses other symptoms, causes, and treatments for this condition.
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