Discover more about your spine
It is important to understand the spine and the critical role it plays in your body and your well being. Browse the brochures below to gain an understanding of some common issues related to your back and spine!
Chronic Low Back Pain
Low back pain is considered to be chronic if it has been present for longer than three months, but the way it presents itself may vary based on a number of factors including its origin, type and sensation of pain and its intensity. This brochure helps to explain the different theories behind the causes of chronic low back pain, as well as how it is diagnosed and what can be done to treat it. Depending on the nature of the pain, treatment possibilities include physical therapy, medications, coping skills, medical procedures and complementary treatments.
Spinal fusion is a surgical technique used to treat conditions including fractured spinal bones, correction of spinal curves and the treatment of instability. One or more of the vertebrae, the spinal bones, are connected using bone grafts so that motion no longer occurs between them. Over the course of several months after a spinal fusion, the body heals the grafts and so welds the vertebrae together. This brochure provides details on when spinal fusion might be necessary, what it involves, recovery timelines and its impact on your future.
A spinal infection, caused by bacteria or fungal organisms, might occur following surgery or for no apparent reason. Those with a deficient immune system or suffering from other conditions like cancer, diabetes and obesity may be at a higher risk of a spinal infection. This brochure lists the common symptoms of a spinal infection, which can vary in severity, and provides information on spinal infection diagnosis and the process your doctor will undergo to identify and decide how to treat it. The brochure also outlines options for treatment and surgery as well as the long-term implications.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar spinal stenosis is the name for the changes that occur with age to the spinal canal, which runs through the spinal bones and contains the nerves that supply sensation and strength to your legs. As we grow older, the discs in the spinal canal reduce in height and begin to bulge, which narrows the canal; arthritis can also cause bones and ligaments to enlarge and push into the spinal canal, narrowing it further. Though spinal stenosis does not always present symptoms, this brochure explains what to look out for, how spinal stenosis is diagnosed and what treatment or medication you may be offered to address it.
Back Pain and Emotional Distress
Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints encountered by healthcare professionals, with 80% of us experiencing its symptoms in the course of our lifetime. Accompanying this physical discomfort, emotional reactions to acute back pain are common and include fear, anxiety and worry. This brochure helps you to understand how to manage pain in order to settle your concerns, plus questions you need to ask of your healthcare provider. It also covers the relationship between stress and pain, and information on psychological therapies to help you cope in managing your pain and anxiety.
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Spine care is crucial to the wellbeing of, avoidance of injury to, and recovery of your back. Get a better understanding of spine care, conditions, preventions and treatments below.
BackCareCanada helps you better manage your back and back-related leg pain and symptoms with facts developed by a team of experts including physicians, physiotherapists, chiropractors and surgeons. If your back and back-related leg pain is affecting your daily life and you’re ready to explore treatment options, want to educate yourself further about treatment, or know someone with symptoms and wish to help, BackCareCanada provides the information you need to help you make more informed decisions about seeking treatment.
UnderstandSpineSurgery was created to help patients better understand spine conditions and procedures. With over 2,000 physicians licensing content from around the world, UnderstandSpineSurgery aims to help surgeons and patients better interact. Experience innovative multimedia patient education tool developed to help you understand a variety of spine conditions and their treatments. Animations and videos provide a comprehensive view about different spine conditions and procedures.
Brought to you by the North American Spine Society (NASS), a non-profit medical society focused on improving spine medicine through advocacy, research and education, KnowYourBack is a collection of everything spine-related. Here, you’ll find all that you need from informative spine brochures and information on prevention, conditions and treatments, to spine news, patient Q&A and success stories. You can also locate a spine specialist near you by filling out a quick form which allows you to search by location and speciality.
A patient with Scoliosis has a spinal axis with a three-dimensional deviation, often resembling an “S” or a “C” curve rather than a straight line. Find out everything you need to know, from symptoms and diagnosis to treatments, below.
This educational site gathers information from New York City’s leading spine doctors and focuses on the understanding of spinal problems and back pain. With a comprehensive view of both the pros and cons of undergoing spine surgery and other procedures such as spinal fusion, patients can make the best decision and discover which treatment is available for failed back surgery, as well as the role of minimally invasive spine surgery. Patient cases and information on medical tests, as well as interactive spine multimedia, are also available.
eSpine was formed by Robert Pashman MD, a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon with over 25 years of experience in treating Scoliosis and other spinal deformities. Here, you’ll find a vast amount of detailed information about different types of Scoliosis conditions, surgical procedures, current patient information and the different treatments available. Case examples also allow you to thoroughly review the treatment that works best for your condition, from pre-op X-rays to surgery strategy and post-op comparison.
Developed by a multi-speciality group of medical professionals, Spine Health provides news, tips, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and surgery options for Scoliosis as well as other spinal deformities. Spine Health believes that patients heal faster and have fewer recurrences of back pain when they’re better educated about their ailment. With that in mind, it offers a highly active forum as well as wellness tips and options to help alleviate spinal pain and speed up recovery.
iScoliosis aims to help patients who suffer from Scoliosis, especially children. The goal is to inform and educate people about Scoliosis and its causes, symptoms, and treatments, as well as why and how it affects kids. The website provides guidance for parents with a child suffering from Scoliosis, highlighting questions they should ask a doctor and what they need to know if it comes to facing surgery. You can also fill out information to locate a doctor near you.