The Dowager's Hump: What Is It? What Can Be Done About It?

The Dowager's hump in medical terms is called hyperkyphosis. It is an increase in the forward curvature of the spine -- usually in the lower cervical (neck) and upper thoracic areas. A visible hump appears along the back of the spine and the head juts forward and eventually down if the curve is pronounced enough.

Good News For Pain Sufferers

Good news for pain sufferers! Health care professionals have an improved tool to use when assessing your pain and helping you to find ways to manage your pain. A very well-known pain researcher from McGill University in Canada, Dr. Ronald Melzack continues to improve his famous McGill Pain Questionnaire.

Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty: How Are They Holding Up?

It's time. It's been 20 years since surgeons started using vertebroplasty (VP) to treat vertebral compression fractures and 10 years since kyphoplasty (KP) was developed. It's time to take a look back and see how well these treatments are working. In this article, researchers from The Johns Hopkins Department of Neurosurgery review all the published articles on VP and KP. They summarize the level evidence (fair to good) for both of these minimally invasive procedures.

Treatment for Cervical Radiculopathy: Skip the Traction

Physical therapists often treat patients with neck and arm pain from cervical radiculopathy. A variety of modalities are used. Modalities are treatment tools. For cervical radiculopathy these modalities include traction, postural education, exercise, or manual therapy. In this study, physical therapists attempts to find out if manual therapy and exercise work better when cervical traction is part of the treatment plan.

Latest Findings of the Stanford Discography Group

Surgeons attending the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) got the surprise of the decade. A group of researchers from Stanford University led by Eugene Carragee presented the results of 10 years of study on discography. Discography is a diagnostic test used to determine which disc in the spine is causing problems. A dye is injected into the suspected disc(s). If the injection reproduces the patient's pain, the test is considered positive.

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