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  1. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - What Increases Your Risk

    The risk of having lumbar spinal stenosis increases if you are older than age 50, have a history of spinal injury, or have osteoarthritis (spondylosis) of the spine.

  2. Scoliosis - Treatment Overview

    The goal of treatment for scoliosis is to prevent the spinal curve from getting worse and to correct or stabilize a severe spinal curve. Fortunately, less than 10% of people who have spinal curves of more than 10 degrees require treatment. The type of tre

  3. Electrical Nerve Stimulation for Chronic Pain

    Spinal cord stimulation is a procedure that uses an electrical current to treat chronic pain. To treat chronic low back pain, a small pulse generator, implanted in the back, transmits electrical pulses to the spinal cord. These pulses interfere with the nerve impulses responsible for leg pain due to nerve damage (sciatica).Implanting the stimulator is considered to be a simple procedure, ...

  4. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Surgery

    Surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis is done to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or the nerve roots. During surgery, damaged parts of your spine are removed or adjusted.

  5. Scoliosis - Symptoms

    In children and teens, scoliosis generally does not cause symptoms and is not obvious until the curve of the spine becomes severe. It may first become noticeable to a parent who observes that the child's clothes do not fit right or that hems hang unevenly

  6. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Topic Overview

    Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal that occurs when excessive growth of bone and/or tissue reduces the size of the openings in the spinal bones.

  7. Scoliosis - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional to have your child evaluated for scoliosis if: You observe a curve in your child's spine.You notice that something about your child's posture looks unusual, such as ribs that stick out, one shoulder that is higher than the ot

  8. Scoliosis - Prevention

    Scoliosis cannot be prevented. Treatment is aimed at preventing the curve from getting worse.

  9. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Cause

    The most common cause of lumbar spinal stenosis is age-related changes of the spine. These changes include thickening of soft tissues and a gradual deterioration of spinal discs and joints that connect the spine's vertebrae.

  10. Scoliosis - Home Treatment

    If your child or teen has been diagnosed with mild scoliosis and has a spinal curve of less than 25 degrees, it is important that a doctor check the child's spine every 4 to 6 months to see whether the curve is getting worse.

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