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spineuniverse.com June 24, 2009
Ask The Experts - Scoliosis Awareness Month
Is Surgery the Best Scoliosis Treatment Option?
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Question:
What happens if scoliosis is not treated? Is surgery the best option to treat scoliosis?
—Omaha, NE

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Answer:
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that affects approximately 7 million people in the US. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is the most common form of scoliosis (idiopathic means it has no known cause), so I'll refer specifically to that type throughout this article.

For patients with AIS, a parent or the child typically notices the abnormal curve, but sometimes it's not discovered until a school screening or doctor visit.  If a child is between the ages of 10 and 12, it's important to get regular check-ups because...

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Christopher R. Good, MD This Week's Expert
Christopher R. Good, MD
Medical Director
Virginia Spine Institute
Reston, VA
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Emerging Herniated Disc Treatment
Oxygen-Ozone Treatment
An Alternative to Surgery for Herniated Discs

An Alternative to Surgery for Herniated DiscsIf you suffer from a lumbar herniated disc, there may be some good news on the horizon. Some researchers are backing a non-surgical option that may be as effective as surgery but without the potential complications—oxygen-ozone injections.

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Sponsor: DIAM Clinical Trial
Featured Clinical Trial
Patients Needed with Low Back Pain

Spinal surgeons around the country are now enrolling candidates in this clinical trial. This clinical trial will study the safety and effectiveness of the DIAM™ device for treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD) at a single level between L2-L5.

The DIAM™ Spinal Stabilization System is designed to treat patients with moderate lumbar (low back) degenerative disc disease. Men and women between the ages of 18 and 70 years with moderate low back pain secondary to lumbar degenerative disc disease at one level may meet selection criteria. Patients selected to participate in this trial will either undergo minimally invasive posterior (from the back) spine surgery to implant the DIAM™ device or receive a regimen of non-operative treatments.

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Summer and the Spine
Airbags + Seatbelts = Spine Protection
Summer and the Spine

Leisurely road trips are among the best summer pastimes—especially since gas prices are down from last year. Before you throw the luggage in the truck, read this article to refresh your memory on the importance of seat belts and airbags in spine health. You can’t prevent all accidents, but taking a few precautions will help ensure a safe and relaxing trip.

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Osteoporosis Prevention
Eating and Osteoporosis
Some Foods May Stunt Healthy Bone Growth
Are you worried about developing osteoporosis? Then maybe you should skip that fifth cup of coffee for the day. Read this article for more foods and beverages that should be consumed in moderation for the health of your bones.

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Eating and Osteoporosis

 
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