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Back-Related Disorders

The Rheumatology team treats a range of back-related disorders, such as the conditions listed below. Please refer to the following topics on our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise® Health Encyclopedia website:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis: A chronic inflammatory disease that affects the joints between the vertebrae of the spine, and the joints between the spine and the pelvis. It eventually causes the affected vertebrae to fuse or grow together.
  • Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (Slipped Disk), or lumbar radiculopathy: A slipped disk along the spinal cord. The condition occurs when all or part of the soft center of a spinal disk is forced through a weakened part of the disk.
  • Lumbosacral Sprain: Acute lower back pain originating in soft tissue, joints, discs, or vertebrae. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments around a joint.
  • Sciatica: A condition involving pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by injury to or compression of the sciatic nerve.
  • Spinal Stenosis: A narrowing of the lumbar (back) or cervical (neck) spinal canal, which causes compression of the nerve roots.
  • Spondylolisthesis: A condition in which a bone (vertebra) in the lower part of the spine slips forward and onto a bone below it.
  • Systemic Sclerosis: Also known as scleroderma, this condition can cause hardening of the skin, digestive problems, joint stiffness, and pain.
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