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  1. 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

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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.

  4. Spinal Curves in Scoliosis - Topic Overview

    Doctors use X-ray images of a person's spine to measure spinal curvature. A curve or angle of the spine is measured in degrees and describes how severe the curve is. (The angle is determined by the intersection of lines projected from the top and bottom of the curve.) If the spine is straight, there is no angle; this would be a 0-degree curve. If the spine is curved, the angle can be measured. The larger the curve, the larger the angle or degree measurement. For example, a 10-degree curve is considered a mild curve, and a 50-degree curve is considered a severe curve.Many people have some curve in their spine. In fact, spinal curves that are less than 10 degrees are considered a normal variation of the spine. Curves that are greater than 10 degrees may be monitored (to see whether the curve is getting worse) or may need treatment.In addition to the severity of the curve, curves are described by their direction and location.Direction is based on which way the curve bends away from the

  5. Protect Your Back as You Lie Down - Topic Overview

    Bending or twisting your back can cause back pain. When you are getting into bed,avoid twists and bends by following these steps. First,back up to the bed,reach your hands back toward the bed as you bend your knees,and use your arms to help lower yourself to sit straight on the side of the bed. Then use your arms to support you as you lean to the side. At the same time,lift your legs off ...

  6. Back Pain: Finding Help

    Back pain help at your fingertips.

  7. Time to See a Doctor?

    When to see a doctor for your back pain.

  8. Chiropractic Care and Back Pain

    Learn about chiropractic and its use in treating low-back pain here.

  9. Low Back Pain Risk Factors

    What are the risk factors for back pain?

  10. Back Pain Resources

    Back Pain Resources

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