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Spine Disorders: Diagnosing Common Deformities

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on January 16, 2018

spine-disorders-diagnosing-common-deformities.pngThe 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 a Charité 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

Three Neck Pain Causes and Treatments

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on November 27, 2017

Determining which of the neck pain causes is involved is the first step to establishing an effective treatment plan.

Treatment for problems affecting the neck – or cervical spine – range from rest and over-the-counter medication to spinal surgery. It’s best to work closely with an experienced orthopedic specialist to build a customized course of treatment.

This blog describes three neck pain causes – herniated disc, spinal stenosis and cervical spondylotic myelopathy – as well as treatment options. You can learn more about 

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Topics: Spine, Neck

Do You Need Surgery for Neck Pain?

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on November 20, 2017

Neck pain can sometimes be treated using non-surgical methods, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and steroid injections. But some problems are serious enough to require surgery for neck pain. Herniated discs and cervical spondylotic myelopathy are two conditions that often result in the need for cervical spine / neck surgery.

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Topics: Spine, Neck

Spinal Stenosis vs. Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on November 13, 2017

Many different conditions can affect the cervical spine, or the neck. Some factors that may cause neck problems are age, lifestyle, work, diet and your genetics. Different conditions may require different treatments — from rest to physical therapy to spinal surgery. This blog covers the differences between two of the common problems orthopedic specialists find in the cervical spine: spinal stenosis and cervical spondylotic myelopathy.

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Topics: Spine

Treating Common Problems of the Cervical Spine

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on November 6, 2017

Many different problems can affect the neck — or cervical spine — especially with age. Treatment for neck conditions can range from a conservative approach that involves rest and over-the-counter medication to spinal surgery. Neck conditions may occur with age, trauma or disease, or a combination of factors. This blog describes common cervical spine conditions and how they are treated. 

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Topics: Spine