Orthopedic Resources
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 is a condition in which the neck is twisted and causes the head to rotate and tilt at an odd angle. The cause of torticollis is unknown, but treatment can help.
Whiplash Injury
Whiplash means your neck was bent forcibly forward and then backward, or vice versa.
A spine affected by kyphosis has a forward curvature of the back bones (vertebrae) in the upper back area, giving an abnormally rounded or "humpback" appearance.
What Is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and pinches the nerves. This results in back and leg pain.
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.
Watch That Backpack Load
Most children rely on backpacks to carry books and supplies to and from school and activities. But a backpack that’s too heavy or doesn’t fit right can cause harm.
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
Everyone has experienced low back pain at one time or another. Most people can recover from low back pain with home treatment such as activity modification, weight loss, quitting smoking and other steps. Sometimes medication or surgery is needed.
Neck Pain
Your neck is at risk for injury because of its location and range-of-motion. Neck pain can be caused by injury, age, or inflammatory disorders.
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.
OTC Pain Medicines and Their Risks
OTC pain relievers can be divided into just 2 main types: acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, or NSAIDs.
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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Did You Know?

The shoulder has the widest range of movement of any joint in the body. It's also one of the most unstable, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Common shoulder problems include sprains, strains, dislocations, separations, tendonitis, bursitis, torn rotator cuffs and frozen shoulder.

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