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Spine Injuries and Disorders

Summary

Your backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bone discs called vertebrae. The vertebrae protect your spinal cord and allow you to stand and bend. A number of problems can change the structure of the spine or damage the vertebrae and surrounding tissue. They include

Spinal diseases often cause pain when bone changes put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. They can also limit movement. Treatments differ by disease, but sometimes they include back braces and surgery.

Diagnosis and Tests

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Prevention and Risk Factors

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Treatments and Therapies

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Living With

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Related Issues

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Specifics

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Genetics

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Images

Health Check Tools

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Videos and Tutorials

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Clinical Trials

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Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

Reference Desk

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Find an Expert

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Children

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Teenagers

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Patient Handouts

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