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Aortic Aneurysm

The aorta is the largest artery in the body and carries all the blood from the heart. Sometimes it can develop a weakness in the wall and this can cause the wall to bulge outwards. When this happens the aorta it is called an Aortic Aneurysm. Most people will have an aneurysm without being aware of it. The aneurysm can burst and if it does it causes excruciating pain in the abdomen and back. It is a medical emergency as there can be a devastating internal blood loss.

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Tags: Back - Upper, Back - Lower, Chest, Abdomen, Back pain

Scheuermann’s Disease

Your spine is made up of 33 bones, 12 of them in the mid-back (thoracic spine). They are each about one inch high, stacked like poker chips one on top of the other. When the surfaces of these bones begin to crumble it is referred to as Scheuermann’s Disease. The crumbling will last for one or two years, usually your early teens and then it stops.

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Tags: Back - Upper, Back - Lower, Chest, Abdomen, Ligaments, Spine, Tendons, Muscles, Back pain, Scheuermann’s Disease

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