Spinal Arthritis

  Spinal Arthritis Arthritis of the spine grows in the joints of the back — the facet joints — that connect vertebrae to each other. The spinal column is composed of vertebrae, intervertebral discs, and cartilage that lines the joints of the vertebrae. At its core,...

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Cobb Angle

Cobb Angle A healthy spine has three natural curves. It has a rounded S form when viewed from the side. There's a reason for these natural curves. Simply, it makes the spine stronger, evenly distributes force and promotes flexibility. As scoliosis progresses, these...

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Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is a type of scoliosis that develops in late childhood or adolescence. Instead of growing straight, the spine develops a side-to-side curvature, commonly in the shape of an "S" or "C" with the spine's...

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Spinal Fusion Procedures

Spinal Fusion Surgery Spinal fusion helps to correct scoliosis and other types of spine conditions. In this surgery, surgeons permanently connect two or more vertebrae in your spine and eliminate motion between them. Also, spinal fusion surgery is a complex and...

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Herniated Disc

A Herniated Disc A herniated disc is an issue with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) that sit between the vertebrae (bones) that make up your spine. A herniated disc can occur anywhere in the spine, but it most commonly happens in the lower back. Depending on the...

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Spine Surgeon

Choosing a Spine Surgeon The most common reason for back surgery failure happens when a doctor makes a bad diagnosis. Choosing a spine surgeon who has the knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience will improve your chances of receiving an accurate diagnosis and the...

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Spine Doctors

Spine Doctors Spine doctors are doctors who have studied the spine and have the knowledge of how it works; how injuries affect the body, and how the spine needs to remain healthy. Because the spine is so complex -- it contains more than 30 bones, the spinal cord, and...

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Pain

Scoliosis Pain Scoliosis is a condition that causes discomfort and pain. While it's uncommon in children, it becomes more frequent as people get older. Based on a study, roughly 55 percent of teenagers with scoliosis have back pain at one time or another, and up to 92...

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Spine Clinic

The Southwest Scoliosis and Spine Institute Clinic   Innovative Diagnosis and Treatment Our spine doctors see patients with all different kinds of spine disease, from the most common to the most difficult or uncommon. As such, the practice prioritizes nonsurgical...

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When Spine Surgery is Necessary

When Spine Surgery is Necessary Do you have persistent backaches that don't seem to go away? Back pain is one of the most frequent chronic problems in the United States. If you've been suffering from significant back pain for a long time, it's normal to question when...

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