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Conditions Treated

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • The two types of back pain are acute, which typically occurs after a fall, injury or heavy lifting, and chronic, which persists for three months or longer.
  • In spite of its name, degenerative disc disease is not actually a disease. It refers to the natural process by which the intervertebral discs of the spine change as people age.
  • Hemangiomas are abnormal masses, or tumors, that develop when blood vessels grow out of control. While rarely cancerous, brain and spine hemangiomas can sometimes bleed into surrounding tissue or grow big enough to weaken spinal bones. Brain and spine hemangioma symptoms When symptoms develop, they vary depending on the location of the tumor and may include the following:
  • A herniated disc occurs when part or all of a disc slips or ruptures between the vertebrae in your spinal column. For this reason, a herniated disc is also known as a “slipped disc” or a “ruptured disc.”
  • Kyphosis

    Kyphosis is curving of the spine that eventually leads to a hunchbacked or slouching posture. When it occurs in adolescents, known as Scheuermann’s disease, the cause is the wedging together of several vertebrae. It is mostly found in adults, however, and can result from arthritis, disc degeneration, osteoporosis-related fractures, injury or spondylolisthesis. Certain diseases, including muscular dystrophy, Paget’s disease, spina bifida and polio, can also cause kyphosis.  
  • Neck Pain

    Neck pain is common and often results from strain or tension caused by everyday activities, such as routinely sleeping, working or watching TV in an uncomfortable position. Other, more serious possible causes include sprains, fractures and spinal stenosis.
  • With osteoporosis, deterioration of bone tissue reduces bone strength, making bones fragile. Osteoporosis makes the wrist, hip, spine and other parts of the skeleton vulnerable to fractures. Falls in people with osteoporosis can lead to serious health consequences.  
  • Sciatica occurs when there is damage to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which causes nerve pain. The sciatic nerve starts in the low back and runs down the back or side of the leg.
  • Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine develops a side-to-side curve in an S- or C-shape. It can occur in both children and adults.
  • Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. This narrowing can put pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots, which can cause numbness, weakness or pain.
  • Spinal Tumors

    Spinal tumors develop within the spinal column, either on vertebrae or the spinal cord. They can be malignant (cancerous) or benign (noncancerous).
  • Spondylolisthesis

    Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which a vertebra (bone) in the lumbar spine (lower spine) slips out of place. In children, spondylolisthesis can occur as a result of a birth defect in the lumbar spine or from an acute injury. In adults, spondylolisthesis frequently occurs from abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones, such as from arthritis.
  • Spondylolysis

    Spondylolysis is a crack in the vertebra (bone) in the lumbar spine (lower spine). Spondylolysis is typically the result of a stress fracture. Spondylolysis is more common among athletes that must hyperextend their lower backs, such as gymnasts, weight lifters or football linemen. If the stress fracture weakens the bone significantly, it can slip forward causing spondylolisthesis.