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Back Pain Health Center

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Physical Therapy and Pain Management

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

  4. Physical Therapy and Other Options for Neck Pain

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

  5. Types of Spine Curvature Disorders

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

  6. Whiplash - Health Tools

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  7. Whiplash - Cause

    Learn about common causes of lower back pain.

  8. Whiplash - 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

  9. Whiplash - Surgery

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  10. Whiplash - 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

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