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  1. Understanding Back Pain -- Prevention

    Get tips from the experts at WebMD on preventing back pain.

  2. Understanding Spinal Disk Problems -- Diagnosis & Treatment

    Learn more from WebMD about the spectrum of treatments for spinal disk problems.

  3. Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis

    WebMD looks at ankylosing spondylitis, which is a type of arthritis that affects the spine.

  4. Spinal Decompression Therapy

    WebMD explains both surgical and nonsurgical spinal decompression. Learn what’s involved and find out if it could ease your back pain.

  5. Sleeping Well With Low Back Pain

    No need to toss and turn all night because of back pain. Manage your sleep environment with these strategies.

  6. Physical Therapy and Pain Management

    Physical therapy (PT) can be an important part of a pain management program.

  7. Physical Therapy and Other Options for Neck Pain

    Find out how physical therapy and other options might ease neck pain from cervical disc disease.

  8. Types of Spine Curvature Disorders

    WebMD explains various types of spine curvature disorders and their symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatments.

  9. Cervical Spinal Fusion

    Cervical spinal fusion (arthrodesis) is surgery that joins selected bones in the neck (cervical spine).

  10. 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

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