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Spine Conditions

Cauda Equina Syndrome

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Spine Cauda Equina Syndrome Low back pain is common and usually goes away without surgery. But a rare disorder affecting the bundle of nerve roots (cauda equina) at the lower (lumbar) end of the spinal cord is a surgical emergency. An extension of the brain, the nerve roots send...
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Cervical Fracture

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Spine Cervical Fracture The seven bones in the neck are the cervical vertebrae. They support the head and connect it to the shoulders and body. A fracture, or break, in one of the cervical vertebrae is commonly called a broken neck. Cervical fractures usually result from...
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Fracture Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

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Spine Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Fractures A spinal fracture is a serious injury. The most common fractures of the spine occur in the thoracic (midback) and lumbar spine (lower back) or at the connection of the two (thoracolumbar junction). These fractures are typically caused by...
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Neck Pain

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Neck Neck Pain Neck pain is a common complaint arising from strain, wear and tear or arthritis. Treatment for neck pain can range from anti-inflammatory medication to exercises or even surgery. Though rare, neck pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem. If you experience...
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Spondylolisthesis

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Spine Spondylolisthesis The most common cause of low back pain in adolescent athletes that can be seen on X-ray is a stress fracture in one of the bones (vertebrae) that make up the spinal column. Technically, this condition is called spondylolysis (spon-dee-low-lye-sis). It...
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Spinal Stenosis

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Spine Spinal Stenosis Spinal stenosis occurs when the space around the spinal cord narrows. This puts pressure on the spinal cord and the spinal nerve roots, and may cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the legs. As we age, the bone in our spines may harden and become overgrown....
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Scoliosis

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Spine Scoliosis Everyone’s spine has natural curves. These curves round our shoulders and make our lower back curve slightly inward. Some people have spines that also curve from side to side. Unlike poor posture, these curves cannot be corrected simply by learning to stand...
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Sciatica (Lumbar Radiculopathy)

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Spine Sciatica (Lumbar Radiculopathy) If you suddenly start feeling pain in your lower back or hip that radiates to the back of your thigh and into your leg, you may have a protruding (herniated) disk in your spinal column that is pressing on the roots of the sciatic nerve. This...
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Herniated Discs

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Spine Herniated Discs When people say they have a “slipped” or “ruptured” disk in their neck or lower back, what they are actually describing is a herniated disk-a common source of pain in the neck, lower back, arms, or legs. Anatomy Disks are soft,...
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Facet Joint Syndrome

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Spine Facet Joint Syndrome The facet joints are the connections between the bones of the spine. The nerve roots pass through these joints to go from the spinal cord to the arms, legs and other parts of the body. These joints also allow the spine to bend and twist, and they keep...
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