An online medical glossary of medical terms and definitions related to spine diseases, conditions and surgical procedures.
The body’s front surface.
The sliding surface between two vertebrae where the bones meet.
The material from the patient’s body or a natural, artificial, or synthetic substitute that replaces damaged or missing bone.
The flexible connective tissue found in joints like the knee and ankle.
Related to the seven vertebrae in the neck.
Slow developing, persistent, or lasting.
Present from birth.
Medication used to stop or lessen inflammation.
A three-dimensional medical imaging used to diagnose patients.
Physically deteriorates or decreases function over time.
The elastic shock absorbers that separate the vertebrae and allow motion in the spine.
When an organ or organ tissue sticks out of its containing structure, usually causing pain.
Hot, mineral, or massaging water treatments for pain relief.
Small openings in the spine that nerves, arteries, veins, and ligaments pass through.
The band of tissue that connects bones and organs.
Related to the lower five vertebrae of the spine, between the ribs and hips.
A magnetic three-dimensional medical imaging used to diagnose patients.
Related to the nerves and muscles.
An imaging technique that uses fluorescent dye for contrast in an X-ray or CT scan.
An abnormal lateral curve of the spine.
Where the nerves that control motor function and give sensory input branch off from the spinal cord.
Forward slipping of a vertebra against the vertebra below it, causing pain and compression of spinal nerve roots.
A arrowing of a blood vessel or other tube in the body; spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spinal canal or foramen.
Related to the area between the neck and abdomen, including the ribs and sternum.
The bones that make up the spinal column.