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A Letter To Patients

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Dr. Paul C. McAfee

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We also treat spinal injuries and chronic spine conditions at the Scoliosis and Spine Center.

Spondylolisthesis is a slippage of the vertebrae. Typically, the fifth lumbar vertebra slips onto the sacrum.

Herniated discs are the result of pressure that causes the outer rings of discs to rupture and allows the soft nucleus to squeeze through, compressing and irratating a spinal nerve root.

Burst fractures refer to bones that fragment or splinter. When vertebrae incur burst fractures, bone fragments may press on the spinal cord.

Fracture dislocations are broken bones that dislocate joints and impact nerve roots. When vertebrae are dislocated, paralysis may result.

Neck problems arise from a variety of sources such as slipped or herniated discs in the neck region. Neck problems may be associated with diseases such as cancer, arthritis, or infections.

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing or constriction of the spinal canal usually in the lower back, pressing on nerve roots. This may cause back and leg pain and difficulty walking.

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that occurs when worn vertebrae allow bone spurs to form, irritating nearby nerve roots. Arthritis can strike the spine, inhibiting movement.

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