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  1. 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.

  2. Cervical Spinal Stenosis - Topic Overview

    What is cervical spinal stenosis?Cervical spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck. The spinal canal is the open area in the bones (vertebrae) that make up the spinal column. The spinal cord is a collection of nerves that runs through the spinal canal from the base of the brain to the lower back. These nerves allow us to feel, to move, and to control the bowel and bladder .

  3. Low Back Pain: Exercises to Reduce Pain

    Key pointsLow back pain is very common among adults and is often caused by overuse and muscle strain or injury. Treatment can help you stay as active as possible, and it will help you understand that some continued or repeated back pain is not surprising or dangerous.1Most low back pain can get better if you stay active, avoid positions and activities that may increase or cause back pain, use ...

  4. 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.

  5. Muscle Relaxants

    Drug details for Muscle relaxants for low back pain.

  6. Scoliosis - Medications

    When back pain occurs in association with scoliosis, the pain may be caused by problems in a muscle, disc, facet, or nerve root, or by a tumor. It is not usually caused by the curve itself. Some people may use nonprescription medicines such as aspirin and

  7. Evaluating Low Back Pain - Topic Overview

    Your doctor can learn a lot about what is causing low back pain or other symptoms by watching you as you move, and by doing simple tests. Here are some of the things your doctor may do to evaluate your low back pain:Observe how you move. Spasms of the muscles next to the spine can create pain with any of these tests.Walking. You walk while your doctor watches you for things like how you move and carry your body, and whether you limp or favor one leg as you walk. Your doctor may also watch to see how you sit down, lie down, and get up.Flexion. You bend forward and try to touch your toes. If bending forward causes pain, it may mean you have a disc problem.Extension. You hyperextend your back by bending backward. Pain that increases when bending backward (extending the spine) suggests degenerative changes, spinal stenosis, or spondylolisthesis.Rotation and side bending. You rotate your back by keeping your hips still and turning your upper body from side to side to do a rotation test.

  8. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - When To Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if a fall or injury -- even a mild one -- has caused numbness or weakness in one or both arms, or one or both legs, or low back pain is accompanied by an inability to move the legs (paralysis), confusion, o

  9. Anticonvulsants for Chronic Low Back Pain

    Drug details for Anticonvulsants for chronic low back pain.

  10. History and Physical Exam for Low Back Pain

    A thorough history to evaluate low back pain includes an assessment of:Pattern, intensity, and duration of the current episode of low back pain (you may be asked to complete a pain drawing to identify the sites and symptoms of pain). Make sure your doctor understands what brings on or increases your pain and what makes you feel better.Spine problems you have had since birth (congenital spine ...

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