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Free Information on Neck, Back & Spine

About this information. 


The information available from the links below is reliable, easy-to-read (plain English) and, in some cases, easily avaialble for print. This information is recommended by the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

Orthoinfo, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons page for patients, is here. Their information is listed in the left column. 

Orthoanswer, a web site developed for patients by a fellow Australian orthopaedic surgeon, is here. Their information is in the column on the right

NHS Choice, the website of the National Health Service in the UK, is here. Their information is in the column at the bottom of the page.

 To use this page
  • Look for the injury, disease, condition or treatment you would like information on

  • Click in the link

  • For example - for sciatica scroll down to the "diseases and conditions" section, find "sciatica", and click on the link.


Alternatively use the "search" or "find" feature in your browser to locate the word or phrase you are looking for on this page.

The default/usual keys to press to find things in most web browser is Ctrl+F.

Some basic information on spines is available from the AAOS here.


Any/all patients being considered for surgery will be shown this information as part of their "informed consent" process.

Orthoinfo (AAOS)

Breaks, Injuries, Diseases and Conditions


Adult Spondylolisthesis in the Low Back

Anatomy of the Spine

Back Pain and Spine Disorders in U.S. Veterans

Back Pain in Children

Burners and Stingers

Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cervical Fracture (Broken Neck)

Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)

Cervical Spondylosis (Arthritis of the Neck)

Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy (Spinal Cord Compression)

Congenital Muscular Torticollis (Twisted Neck)

Congenital Scoliosis

Fractures of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

Herniated Disk

Herniated Disk Animation

Herniated Disk in the Lower Back

Idiopathic Scoliosis in Children and Adolescents

Introduction to Scoliosis

Kyphosis (Roundback) of the Spine

Low Back Pain

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Neck Pain

Neck Sprain

Nerve Injuries

Neuromuscular Scoliosis


Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures

Patient Story: Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Patient Story: Chiari Malformation and Scoliosis

Scapular (Shoulder Blade) Disorders


Scoliosis: Frequently Asked Questions

Spinal Deformity in Children with Myelomeningocele

Spinal Stenosis Animation

Spine Basics

Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis

Treatments & Surgeries


Alternative Methods to Help Manage Pain After Orthopaedic Surgery

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Artificial Disk Replacement in the Lumbar Spine

Bone Grafts in Spine Surgery

Cervical Plating Procedure

Cervical Radiculopathy: Surgical Treatment Options

Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Surgical Treatment Options

Getting the Most Out of Your Doctor's Visit

How Broken Bones Heal

Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Low Back Surgery Exercise Guide

Managing Pain With Medications After Orthopaedic Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Scoliosis

Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion and Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion

Pregnancy and X-rays

Preparing for Low Back Surgery

Scoliosis Surgery: Things to Consider

Spinal Fusion

Spinal Fusion Procedure

Spinal Injections

Spinal Instrumentation

Spine Conditioning Program

Spine Rehabilitation Exercises

Surgical Treatment for Scoliosis

Treatment Options for Low Back Pain


Staying healthy


Backpack Safety

Bone Health Basics

Diving Safety

Football Injury Prevention

Golf Injury Prevention

Guidelines for Preventing Falls

Gymnastics Injury Prevention

Healthy Bones at Every Age

Hockey Injury Prevention

How to Sit at a Computer

Osteoporosis Prevention

Prevent Snow Shoveling and Snowblowing Injuries

Preventing Back Pain at Work and at Home

The Impact of Childhood Obesity on Bone, Joint, and Muscle Health

Tips for Lifting and Carrying Luggage

Nonsurgical Treatment


Spinal Injections

Surgical Treatments

Disk Surgery

Lumbar Spine Fusion

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