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Coccydnia is a condition involving inflammation around the coccyx that causes pain at the very bottom of the spine. This condition is also referred to as tailbone pain, coccyx pain and coccygeal pain. This condition is usually caused by trauma to the Coccyx such as a fall or childbirth. It is much more common in…
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Sciatica describes the symptoms of pain (mostly) and sometimes tingling and numbness that runs from the Lumbar Spine into the buttock and down the back of the leg and sometimes foot. What is the Cause? The majority of sciatic symptoms come from back disorders between L4-S1 that put pressure on or cause…
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Thoracic/Upper Back Pain

Thoracic and upper back pain refers to any pain and/or dysfunction of the thoracic section of the spine. It can be anything from stiffness in the upper back to pain when taking a deep breath. The thoracic part of the spine is structurally very different to the lumbar and…
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Spinal Stenosis

Narrowing of the spinal canal and/or foramen where nerve roots exit the spinal canal which results in choking of the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. Stenosis of the spine can involve: Narrowing of the central spinal canal…
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Myelopathy refers to compression of the spinal cord causing neurological deficit. Inflammation of the spinal cord is called Myelitis.
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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis is a disease that causes inflammation of the spinal vertebrae and other joints. It affects up to 2% of Australians. It is a member of the rheumatic diseases and is associated with the presence of a genetic marker HLA-B27…
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Facet Joint Syndrome

Facet Joint Syndrome refers to a range of disorders involving the facet joints. It is also know as facet joint disease or a facet joint sprain. Facet Joint Syndrome is one of the most common back disorders that cause lower back pain, thoracic pain and neck pain…
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Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction is a term given to the abnormal movement of the sacroiliac joints. It involves either hyper mobility (decreased movement) or hypo mobility (increased movement) of the joints. It can also involve inflammation of the joints, which is referred to as sacrolitis…
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