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The Pros and Cons of Surgeries for Scoliosis

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on March 16, 2018

Scoliosis is a spinal deformity that affects all three planes of the spine. It occurs in children and adults. Some people are born with the condition and others develop it at later stages of life. Neurologic and muscular diseases, such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, can also cause scoliosis.

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Topics: Spine

Spinal Deformities: Treating Kyphosis

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on February 26, 2018

Spinal deformities can be caused by a variety of conditions and affect people at different ages. You've probably heard of scoliosis and neuromuscular disease — which can cause spinal deformities — but have you heard of kyphosis? This condition can affect any age group, but often is found in older patients.

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Topics: Spine

Scoliosis In Children

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on February 12, 2018

Scoliosis in children can be present at birth or it can develop in adolescence.  This blog will discuss the hallmarks of scoliosis in children as well as types of treatment that can be indicated for young people with scoliosis.

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Topics: Spine

Types of Scoliosis

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on January 29, 2018

Scoliosis is a deformity that involves the curvature of the spine. It affects all three planes of the body: coronal (bisecting the front and back of the body), saggital (bisecting right and left), and axial (bisecting top and bottom.)

Scoliosis is one of the  spine disorders  that can occur in both children and adults. In this blog, you'll learn the basics about diagnosis and treatment of three types of scoliosis: pediatric, idiopathic, and adult scoliosis. 
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Topics: Spine

Spine Disorders: Diagnosing Common Deformities

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on January 16, 2018

The spine is an important and complex part of the human anatomy, supporting the entire body and allowing us to move. It follows that spine disorders can have significant impact on a person's movement and functioning. 

Spine disorders can affect both children and adults. The likely course of treatment depends on what condition you're diagnosed with and when it develops; treatment can range from simple observation to spinal surgery

This post provides information on the following types of spinal deformities: scoliosis, kyphosis and neuromuscular conditions.

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Topics: Surgery, Spine, Back

Lumbar Arthroplasty or Total Disc Replacement

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on January 2, 2018

Some lumbar spine conditions may require surgery. There are many different spine surgery procedures and specific options for cases in which lumbar spine surgery is needed. One type of surgery is total disc replacement. This article covers lumbar arthroplasty using an Artificial Disc.

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Topics: Spine, Back

Types of Lumbar Surgery

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on December 26, 2017

Many lumbar spine conditions — or those affecting the low back — can be treated using methods other than surgery. Your orthopedic specialist will likely try non-operative treatment for a period of up to several months before exploring the possibility of lumbar spine surgery. If your doctor does determine that lumbar surgery is indicated, here is an overview of the main types of surgery that are most frequently performed:

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Topics: Spine

5 Conditions That May Require Lumbar Spine Surgery

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on December 18, 2017

If you have pain in your lumbar spine — or low back — you may be worried you need to have surgery. Many times, back pain can be treated using non-surgical methods, such as rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication, walking or exercise and physical therapy. In some cases, steroid injections can help.

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Topics: Surgery, Spine, Back

Lumbar Spine Conditions and Treatments

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on December 12, 2017

If you have low back pain, you may be concerned that surgery is the only option. Many times, problems with the low back — or lumbar spine — can be treated using nonsurgical options. This blog describes common problems of the lower back and typical courses of care. If you have any questions about what you are experiencing and how it can best be treated, talk to an orthopedic specialist as soon as possible.

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Topics: Spine

Lumbar Spine Anatomy 101

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on December 5, 2017

In this post, we'll cover the basics of lumbar spine anatomy. The lumbar spine is in the lower back (whereas the cervical spine anatomy refers to the neck region).

This curved part of the spine helps support and move the body, and is made up of interlocking bones called vertebrae, ligaments and nerves. 

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Topics: Spine, Back