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  1. Scoliosis Surgery: Posterior Approach - Topic Overview

    The posterior approach for scoliosis surgery is done from the back of the body. It involves making a long, straight incision into the back and moving aside the back muscles to reveal the spine.Rods, wires, hooks, or screws are attached to the spine in various ways. The spine is repositioned and held in place with these mechanisms while the new bone surface fuses. Bone grafts, often taken from the person's pelvic bone or ribs, are put in place to help the spinal bones fuse together in a permanent position over time.

  2. Scoliosis Surgery: Anterior Approach - Topic Overview

    The anterior approach for scoliosis surgery is done through an incision made in the front or, more commonly, the side of the body. The anterior approach may be used for middle or lower spinal curves.This technique is better for severe curves, including rigid curves in adults. But it has greater surgical risks than posterior surgery alone. Surgeons often use both the anterior and posterior approaches when they operate on a person who has scoliosis. Using this combination of techniques, surgeons can remove discs in the spine and graft bone into the spaces. This is done to help make the spine more correctable.Other techniques done with an anterior approach use large metal screws that are attached to each vertebra. Each screw has a large head with a hole for the passage of a rod that is tightened at each level. A brace or cast may be needed for about 6 months following surgery. This technique is not recommended for children younger than 10 years because of the small size of their

  3. Risser Sign in Scoliosis - Topic Overview

    The Risser sign helps measures the risk that a curve in the spine (scoliosis) will get worse, or progress. It measures how much mature bone has developed (ossification) in the upper rim of the pelvis (iliac crest). Values range from 0 (least ossification and greatest risk of progression) to 5 (complete ossification and least risk of progression). This is determined by an X-ray.

  4. Arthritis Treatment Options

    The basics about arthritis treatment options, including medications, surgery, heat, exercise, rest, and alternative therapies.

  5. Arthritis Drug Overview

    Learn about the many arthritis medications including arthritis pain relievers, steroids, NSAIDS, DMARDS, chemotherapy drugs, and hyaluronan injections.

  6. Osteoarthritis: Exercising With Arthritis

    Key pointsExercise may make you feel better, reduce your joint pain, and improve your ability to do daily activities.For many people with osteoarthritis, a common symptom is pain after activity, which may make you reluctant to exercise. However, you can take steps to help relieve pain (such as heat and cold therapy or taking pain relievers) and make it easier to exercise and stay active.Exercise .

  7. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) for Osteoarthritis

    Drug details for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) for Osteoarthritis.

  8. Coping With Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

    WebMD provides tips for everyday coping with osteoarthritis.

  9. Capsaicin for Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

    Capsaicin (Zostrix),available without a prescription,is a pain reliever that comes in a cream that you apply directly to your skin (topical analgesic). It has been found to relieve joint pain from osteoarthritis in some people when rubbed into the skin over affected joints. 1 To be beneficial,the cream must be applied 3 or 4 times a day,and the effects may not be seen for several weeks. ...

  10. Physical Exam and History for Osteoarthritis

    A doctor often discovers important information about the possible causes of symptoms through a discussion about your medical history. During this discussion, the doctor may ask questions such as the following:How long have you had symptoms? (Osteoarthritis usually develops slowly.)Has there been a pattern to your symptoms? (Osteoarthritis symptoms typically begin on one side of the body and often

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