In-depth

Causes

Marfan syndrome

Marfan syndrome, a connective tissue disorder, can affect almost any part of your body, including your heart, eyes and ligaments.

Syringomyelia

Syringomyelia is the development of a fluid-filled cyst within your spinal cord. It can cause a variety of neurological symptoms, including pain, weakness and stiffness.

Tests and diagnosis

Bone scan

Bone scans can help detect bone disorders and hidden fractures.

CT scan

A CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays to produce detailed images of the inside of your body.

MRI

MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body.

X-ray

X-rays are a form of radiation that can make images of your bones and internal organs.

Treatments and drugs

Back surgery: When is it a good idea?

Having a lot of back pain doesn't necessarily mean you need surgery. Research your options before agreeing to go under the knife.

Spinal fusion

Spinal fusion surgery can be used to improve spinal stability, correct deformities and, in some cases, reduce pain.

Feb. 03, 2012

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