Each article on the spine is updated by a leading clinical expert from a variety of spine specialities. A number of specialists can treat problems with the spine, from neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons to pain physicians, physiotherapists and chiropractors.
Conditions and Treatment Options
Tests and Screening
The correct treatment for any disorder or disease is utterly dependent on getting the diagnosis right first, which is the reason why we place a great emphasis on this fundamental approach. Patients increasingly want to know for themselves more about their own health status and modern diagnostic technology is allowing this to happen.
You hear so much about new treatments for varicose veins and for good reason. Not only can varicose veins appear very unsightly and damage your self confidence, but they can sometimes be part of a larger medical issue and in some instances need to be dealt with. But who should you turn to? Should they be surgically removed? Should you have laser treatment? What are the implications?
Vasectomy and Vasectomy Reversal
A vasectomy is a permanent form of contraception for a man which involves cutting and tying the vas deferens to prevent sperm from exiting the penis during ejaculation. A vasectomy is a simple procedure which can be performed at a medical clinic using either general or local anaesthetic. A vasectomy reversal is, on the other hand, a much more complicated procedure with a 35% success rate.
It has long been known that vitamin D is essential for strong bones and teeth however recent research suggests that it plays a much wider role in keeping us healthy. Deficiencies in vitamin D have been shown in large parts of our population and this is not good news as it can lead to weak bones and in extreme cases the disease known as rickets or osteomalacia.
Alterations in voice quality can be symptomatic of a range of diseases from a simple case of laryngitis that usually resolves by itself, to more sinister conditions such as a laryngeal malignancy.