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

CT scan

MRI

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

X-ray

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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