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  1. Lyme Disease - Symptoms

    Lyme disease may progress in stages from mild symptoms to serious, long-term disabilities if left untreated. There are three stages of Lyme disease: early localized, early disseminated, and late persistent.

  2. Lyme Disease - Cause

    Lyme disease is caused by infection with Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi) bacteria. Lyme disease is spread when you are bitten by a tick that is infected with B. burgdorferi bacteria.

  3. Lyme Disease - Prevention

    Learn how to prevent Lyme disease by checking for ticks.

  4. Capsaicin for Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

    The anterior approach for scoliosis surgery is done through an incision made in the front or, more commonly, the side of the body. The anterior approach may be used for middle or lower spinal curves.This technique is better for severe curves, including rigid curves in adults. But it has greater surgical risks than posterior surgery alone. Surgeons often use both the anterior and posterior approaches when they operate on a person who has scoliosis. Using this combination of techniques, surgeons can remove discs in the spine and graft bone into the spaces. This is done to help make the spine more correctable.Other techniques done with an anterior approach use large metal screws that are attached to each vertebra. Each screw has a large head with a hole for the passage of a rod that is tightened at each level. A brace or cast may be needed for about 6 months following surgery. This technique is not recommended for children younger than 10 years because of the small size of their

  5. Capsaicin for Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

    The Risser sign helps measures the risk that a curve in the spine (scoliosis) will get worse, or progress. It measures how much mature bone has developed (ossification) in the upper rim of the pelvis (iliac crest). Values range from 0 (least ossification and greatest risk of progression) to 5 (complete ossification and least risk of progression). This is determined by an X-ray.

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    What is de Quervain's disease?De Quervain's (say “duh - kair - VAZ”) disease is a problem that makes the bottom of your thumb and the side of your wrist hurt. When you have de Quervain's disease, the ropelike fiber (tendon) that helps move your thumb away from your fingers becomes swollen. See a picture of de Quervain's disease.What causes de Quervain's disease?People can get de Quervain's dis

  7. Lyme Disease - Medications

    Antibiotics, such as doxycycline or amoxicillin, are highly effective in treating Lyme disease. Read about Lyme disease medications.

  8. Lyme Disease - What Happens

    If you are bitten by a tick carrying Lyme disease bacteria, a circular skin rash often develops at the site of the tick bite within a month. The rash slowly expands and may become very large.

  9. Lyme Disease - Topic Overview

    Learn Lyme disease symptoms (bull's eye rash, or erythema migrans), causes (Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium), diagnosis, treatment, and transmission (tick bite).

  10. Lyme Disease - Exams and Tests

    Lyme disease may be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to those of many other illnesses. Your health professional will take a careful medical history and do a physical examination to help diagnose early Lyme disease.

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