Orthopedics
Back Pain Quiz
Answer this one: What position is best for your back when you sleep?
Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Spine Podcast
In computed tomography, the X-ray beam moves in a circle around the body. This allows many different views of the spine. The X-ray information is sent to a computer that interprets the data and displays it in a two-dimensional form on a monitor.
Back and Neck
Torticollis (Wryneck)
Torticollis is a spasm of the neck muscles. It is usually caused by vigorous movement or injury—or by sleeping in an awkward position.
Whiplash Injury
Whiplash is an injury caused by the neck bending forcibly forward and then backward, or vice versa. The injury usually involves the muscles, discs, nerves, and tendons in the neck.
Kyphosis
Kyphosis is a forward curvature of the spine. It is a type of spinal deformity and should not be confused with poor posture.
What to Do About a Pain in the Neck
Most neck pain is caused by sleeping on a bed that’s too soft, poor posture, stress, neck strains or degenerative joint disease that occurs when the joints of the neck become inflamed or a disc pushes outward from its normal position.
What Is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and pinches the nerves, resulting in back and leg pain.
Massage Therapy for Back Pain
More than half of American adults seek medical treatment for back pain at some point in their lives.
Help Your Back Work for You
Your back is important to almost every move you make, but you probably won't realize that until you hurt it.
5 Exercises to Prevent an Aching Neck
Although neck pain can be the result of stress, age or injury, it is most often associated with poor posture.
Watch that Backpack Load
When your child acts as if she’s carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders, maybe you should check her backpack.
Scoliosis
A spine affected by scoliosis shows a sideways curvature and a rotation of the vertebrae, giving the appearance that the person is leaning to one side.
Low Back Pain
Low back pain can range from mild, dull, and annoying to persistent, severe, and disabling pain. Pain in the lower back can restrict mobility and interfere with normal functioning.
Neck Pain and Problems
Neck pain can result from many different causes—injury to muscles, tendons, or ligaments; arthritis; a herniated disc; or a tumor.
Nerve Blocks
Neural blockades, commonly called nerve blocks, are procedures that can help prevent or manage many different types of intractable pain.
Therapeutic Pain Blocks
If you don't get relief from standard pain relievers, you doctor may suggest injecting pain-relieving medicine into the site of the affected nerve.
Treating Pain with Spinal Cord Stimulators
Spinal cord stimulation is one way to manage various types of pain. A spinal cord stimulator is an implanted device that sends low levels of electricity directly into the spinal cord.
Intradiscal Procedures for Back Pain
When the disks themselves are causing back pain or pain radiating to the legs, doctors sometimes do an intradiscal procedure to try to relieve the pain.
TENS Therapy
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, offers pain relief for some people by sending low-voltage electrical current into the body.

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