Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis
In spinal fusion for scoliosis, rods, hooks, wires, or screws are attached to the curved part of the backbone and the spine is straightened. Small pieces of bone are then put over the spine.
Scoliosis: Spinal Instrumentation Without Fusion - Topic Overview
Spinal instrumentation without fusion for scoliosis involves attaching devices (such as metal rods, hooks, wires, and screws) in or near the spine to correct a spinal curve without actually fusing the vertebrae together. The goal of this surgical procedure is to stabilize a severe spinal curve in a growing child without fusing an area of the spine that would stop growth in that area.This procedure is used, with some limitations, on children who are still growing and have severe spinal curves that are getting worse. Benefits of this procedure include that it:Allows for normal vertical growth of the spine.May stabilize a severe spinal curve.Prevents a spinal curve from getting worse.Limitations of this procedure include:Possible complications from surgery, such as devices that do not stay in place or break, the need to remove devices due to infection or other problems, or the need for another surgery.The need for several surgeries (as many as six surgeries, or two surgeries a year) to
A myelogram uses a special dye and an X-ray (fluoroscopy) to make pictures of the bones and the space (subarachnoid space) between the bones in your spine (spinal canal).
Getting a Laminectomy: Before, During, and After
WebMD explains what you need to know as you prepare for your laminectomy: what happens before, during, and after a laminectomy.
TENS for Back Pain
WebMD explains the use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation - or TENS - to relieve back pain.
Back Surgery: Risks and Benefits
Learn more from WebMD about the risks and benefits of various types of back surgery.
Computed Tomography (CT) Scan of the Spine
A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of the spine and vertebrae in the neck (cervical spine), upper back (thoracic spine), or lower back (lumbosacral spine).
Back Problems and Injuries - Health Tools
Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Back problems: Proper lifting Fitness: Increasing core stability Low back pain: Exercises to reduce pain ...
Back Problems and Injuries - Home Treatment
Home treatment may help relieve pain, swelling, and stiffness related to a back problem.
Back Problems and Injuries - Prevention
Back pain affects many people. The more time you spend sitting at a desk, in a car, or in front of the television or a computer, the more you must do to prevent back pain. Good posture, proper body mechanics, and exercise will help you prevent back pain.