Surgery

Mayo Clinic Minute: Scoliosis is not just for kids

Scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine to curve. It's frequently diagnosed in children—often during the growth spurt just before puberty. But it can happen in adults.

Neuroscience

Hope for children with bow hunter syndrome

Fusing the neck's top two vertebrae can prevent repeat strokes in children with bow hunter syndrome, a rare condition that affects a handful of U.S. pediatric patients each year, UT Southwestern researchers suggest in a recent ...

Medical research

Bone study sheds light on complications after spinal surgery

The microscopic structure of bone appears to predict which patients will experience poor outcomes after spinal fusion, according to a new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City.

Surgery

Simple move may boost spinal fusion outcomes

A new approach that could revolutionize spinal fusion surgery does away with the need to "flip" patients from their back or side onto their stomach midway through the operation—a switch researchers say dramatically improves ...

Medical research

Researchers are testing ultrasound to treat neuropathic pain

Steroid injections, nerve stimulators and spinal fusions were no match for the chronic pain in Tammy Durfee's left side—never mind the "searing-hot poker" sensation that would jab her leg without warning. After a decade ...

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