In-depth

Back pain

Back pain can come on gradually or suddenly. Most back pain responds to home treatment within a few weeks.

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.

Chiari malformation

Chiari malformation is an uncommon condition in which brain tissue extends into the spinal canal, causing headaches and other potentially serious symptoms.

CT scan

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

Marfan syndrome

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

MRI

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

Prader-Willi syndrome

Prader-Willi syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by decreased muscle tone and a constant desire to eat, often leads to morbid obesity.

Rett syndrome

Parenting a child with Rett syndrome can be challenging. Here's what to expect and steps you can take to help your child.

Rickets

Rickets is a severe and prolonged vitamin D deficiency that leads to softening and weakening of the bones in children.

Spina bifida

Spinal fusion

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

Stickler syndrome

Stickler syndrome can affect multiple parts of your body, including your eyes, face, ears, bones and joints.

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.

X-ray

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

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