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Spine and Neck Conditions

Click the links below to learn more about common conditions affecting the spine and neck.


Torticollis (Wryneck)

Torticollis is a spasm of the neck muscles. It is usually caused by vigorous movement or injury—or by sleeping in an awkward position.

Whiplash Injury

Whiplash is an injury caused by the neck bending forcibly forward and then backward, or vice versa. The injury usually involves the muscles, discs, nerves, and tendons in the neck.



Kyphosis is a forward curvature of the spine. It is a type of spinal deformity and should not be confused with poor posture.



What to Do About a Pain in the Neck

Most neck pain is caused by sleeping on a bed that’s too soft, poor posture, stress, neck strains or degenerative joint disease that occurs when the joints of the neck become inflamed or a disc pushes outward from its normal position.




What Is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and pinches the nerves, resulting in back and leg pain.




Basic Back Care

Besides maintaining a healthy weight, one of the most important steps you can take to reduce the risk for back pain is to perform a stretching/flexibility workout every morning. Here are some other tips for back care.




Back Pain: It May Not Be What You Think

Back pain can be caused by many illnesses and conditions, including stress or injury, being overweight, improper lifting, pregnancy, and diseases such as fibromyalgia and arthritis.




Massage Therapy for Back Pain

More than half of American adults seek medical treatment for back pain at some point in their lives.




When Back Pain Needs Care Now

If you have loss of bowel or bladder control, seek emergency help at once. Paralysis of the bowel and bladder could result if not attended to promptly.




How to Recover From a Back Injury

Back pain is something you don't want to repeat. Recovering properly from a back injury and taking preventive measures can help you reduce your risk of going through it again.




Caring for a Bad Back

Back pain experts say that it's best to treat your back well day to day. That approach will help prevent episodes of pain in the first place.




Weighing the Risks, Benefits of Back Surgery

The reasons for back surgery typically vary with a patient's age.




Help Your Back Work for You

Your back is important to almost every move you make, but you probably won't realize that until you hurt it.




5 Exercises to Prevent an Aching Neck

Although neck pain can be the result of stress, age or injury, it is most often associated with poor posture.




Watch that Backpack Load

When your child acts as if she’s carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders, maybe you should check her backpack.




Neck Pain

Neck pain can result from many causes—from injury to inflammatory disease.





A spine affected by scoliosis shows a sideways curvature and a rotation of the vertebrae, giving the appearance that the person is leaning to one side.




Low Back Pain

Detailed info on low back pain, including causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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