Brace (Orthotic) Treatment for Scoliosis
Brace (orthotic) treatment for scoliosis is used to prevent spinal curve progression and to maintain the appearance of the back.The goal of brace treatment is to prevent the curve from getting worse. Bracing does not correct a curve. There may be some initial straightening of the spine and the appearance of correction when a brace is applied. However in most cases, once the bracing program has ...
Lumbar Herniated Disc - Exams and Tests
Initial examinationYour health professional will evaluate your symptoms of leg and back pain using a medical history and physical examination. Your diagnosis will be based on any features that point to irritation of one or more spinal nerves and to the lo
Lumbar Spinal Fusion (Arthrodesis)
Spinal fusion (arthrodesis) is a surgical procedure that joins, or fuses, two or more vertebrae. Spinal fusion is major surgery, usually lasting several hours. There are different methods of spinal fusion.
Decompressive Laminectomy for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Decompressive laminectomy is the most common type of surgery done to treat spinal stenosis.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Symptoms
Many people older than age 50 have some narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) but do not experience symptoms.
Opiate Pain Relievers for Low Back Pain
Drug details for Opiate pain relievers for low back pain.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Prevention
Lumbar spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by age - related changes of the spine, which can squeeze the spinal cord or its nerve roots. Some of these changes cannot be prevented; however, you may be able to control the severity of spinal stenosis by m
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - What Happens
Spinal stenosis usually starts gradually and develops over a long period of time. Narrowing of the spinal canal can squeeze and irritate the nerve roots that branch out from the spinal cord, or it can squeeze and irritate the spinal cord itself.
Scoliosis - Surgery
Surgery may be used to treat severe scoliosis. The goal of surgery is to improve a severe spinal curve. The result will not be a perfectly straight spine, but the goal is to balance the spine and to make sure the curve does not get worse.
Botulinum (Botox) Injection for Low Back Pain - Topic Overview
Botulinum toxin A is a protein produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum,the same bacteria that causes botulism food poisoning. When injected into muscle in tiny amounts,botulinum A (Botox) can stop or reduce muscle spasm by blocking nerve signals to the muscle. This treatment has been used since the early 1990s to relieve severe muscle spasms around the eyes and in the neck,arms,...