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Spine Patient Society

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The Spine Patient Society™ supports & advocates on behalf of patients who have suffered spine injuries or disorders. Get information on spine procedures like artificial disc replacement, fusion, and new spine surgery technologies. Come join us and connect with Spine Patients from all over the world! Patients with spine disorders often feel overwhelmed and alone in their pain and often feel like there is no place to turn for support. The great majority of Spine Patients are confused about their medical condition(s) and are truly uncertain what this means in regard to their future health and well-being. The Spine Patient Society™ has been created to help demystify the "medical jargon," diagnoses and treatments that surround the lives of Spine Patients in an effort to help educate these patients about their disorders while providing much needed social support.

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A Patient's Guide to Low Back Pain

Back pain is the number one problem facing the workforce in the United States today. This Patient's Guide discusses the Anatomy, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain.

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Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

Back surgery and neck surgery serve the primary role of correcting an anatomical lesion in individuals who fail to show back pain or neck pain improvement with non-surgical treatments.

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Chronic Pain Health Hub

In-depth information on chronic pain, including the different kinds of pain, what can cause and exacerbate chronic pain, and chronic pain treatments. Written and peer reviewed by physicians who specialize in spine medicine.

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Disk Removal

Definition Disk removal is one of the most common types of back surgery. Diskectomy (also called discectomy) is the removal of an intervertebral disk, the flexible plate that connects any two adjacent vertebrae in the spine. Intervertebral disks act as shock absorbers, protecting the brain and spinal cord from the impact produced by the body's movements. Encyclopedia of Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers

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Flash Animation Of Spinal Conditions

Flash Animation of Spinal Conditions. Posted by the Chinese Orthopaedic Website Orthochina

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Fusion Surgery Health Hub

In-depth information on spine fusion surgery, including common surgical techniques and fusion patient preparation and recovery. Written and peer reviewed by physicians who specialize in spine medicine.

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Herniated Disk

Fact sheet including how this condition develops, symptoms, and treatment options

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Herniated Disk FamilyDoctor

Overview of what it is and how it can be treated through medication, posture, and exercise.

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Interactive Surgery Videos - Spine-health.com

Produced exclusively for Spine-health.com, these spine anatomy and back surgery interactive videos allow you to peer inside the spine like never before. Afterwards, you're sure to have a clearer understanding of the makeup of the spine and how back pain is commonly caused. You'll also have a better idea of how surgical procedures (such as spine fusion surgery) and injection treatments can help reduce your back pain.

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Kyphosis (Curvature of the Spine)

AAOS Online Service Fact SheetKyphosis (Curvature of the Spine)
Few things bother parents more than their child's posture. This is particularly true for an exaggerated rounding to the back. Some degree of curvature to the spine is normal. The term "kyphosis" (kI-fO-sis) is usually applied to the curve that results in an exaggerated "round-back." A variety of disorders may be responsible for this condition

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Laminectomy

Definition A laminectomy is a surgical procedure in which the surgeon removes a portion of the bony arch, or lamina, on the dorsal surface of a vertebra, which is one of the bones that make up the human spinal column. It is done to relieve back pain that has not been helped by more conservative treatments. In most cases a laminectomy is an elective procedure rather than emergency surgery. A laminectomy for relief of pain in the lower back is called a lumbar laminectomy or an open decompression. Encyclopedia of Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers

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Laminotomy Microdiscectomy

SCOI Presents Laminotomy/Microdiscectomy
To alleviate the pain of a ruptured or herniated intervetebral disc, a Laminotomy/Microdiscectomy may be performed. This surgical procedure is carried out in two steps beginning with the laminotomy. Lamina is the Latin name given to the bone protecting the spinal canal, and otomy means opening or hole. The laminotomy simply opens up the spinal canal in order to visualize the pinched nerve root. Once this is accomplished, the second procedure, the microdiscectomy, is performed.

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Orthopedic Surgeon vs Neurosurgeon for Spine Surgery

Find out the differences between these two types of surgeons and which one may be the best for certain procedures. 

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Sciatica AAOS

Overview of treatments
If you suddenly start feeling pain in your lower back or hip that radiates down from your buttock to the back of one thigh and into your leg, your problem may be a protruding disk in your lower spinal column pressing on the roots to your sciatic nerve. Sciatica (lumbar radiculopathy) may feel like a bad leg cramp that lasts for weeks before it goes away. You may have pain, especially when you sit, sneeze or cough. You may also feel weakness, "pins and needles" numbness, or a burning or tingling sensation down your leg. See a doctor to have your condition diagnosed and start a course of treatment

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