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Cervical & Lumbar Spine

Deciding the right way to treat your neck or back pain begins with an accurate diagnosis, which involves a thorough orthopaedic evaluation and the use of tools such as MRI and electrodiagnostics.

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Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopy is a common surgical procedure in which a joint is viewed using a small camera. Arthroscopy gives doctors a clear view of the inside of the joint and helps treat orthopaedic problems.

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Sports Medicine

Sports medicine is specialized medical care for treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries. From athletes to active individuals, sports medicine helps patients continue injury-free active lifestyles.

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Kyphosis

The spine has a normal curvature that allows weight to be supported in an upright posture. An exaggeration of this curvature is known as kyphosis, and the most serious type is Scheuermann’s disease. Most common in the upper back (the thoracic spine), it is generally thought to be caused by abnormal growth of the vertebra in which the front part stops growing before the back part does. This growth abnormality causes wedge-shaped vertebral bones, which cause a forward-bending posture. Kyphosis may also be caused by vertebral compression fractures (due to osteoporosis) or degenerative bone conditions, such as arthritis.

In Scheuermann’s disease, boys are affected more often than are girls, and the first signs usually appear in adolescence. The upper back gradually appears more rounded, and there may be accompanying back pain that worsens during the day and is relieved with rest. Pain, if present, is typically felt at the most curved point of the spine and can be aggravated by activity or prolonged periods of sitting or standing. Diagnosis is usually made following a physical examination and X-rays of the spine to measure the “kyphotic angle.” (A kyphotic angle greater than 50 degrees is considered diagnostic.)