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Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) varies in global prevalence (0.35–13%), influenced by factors like race, gender, and screening methods. It predominantly affects females and has been found in school surveys across urban Bangkok, Thailand, with prevalence rates ranging from 0.91% to 4.62%, including a 4.62% occurrence among 1,818 girls aged 11-13 years.

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Recovery in Full Swing: Michael Lesch's Golf Inspiring Comeback

Join the journey of resilience with Michael Lesch as he makes an inspiring comeback to golf after wrist surgery at Bumrungrad International Hospital, led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thanapong Waitayawinyu. An uplifting watch for every golfer facing injury setbacks. 

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New technology in spine surgery

In the past, conventional spinal surgery was performed and began around the early 1900s. This follows the use of general anesthesia, emerging of an x-ray machine and has a better antibiotics. The first conventional discectomy was performed and recorded in 1932. The first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used in 1977, which can study the structures inside the spine, including nerves and spinal cord. Surgery in the past is very different from the present.

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Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is one of the most prevalent spinal conditions, primarily affecting the lower back. Stemming from age-related spinal degeneration, various factors such as intervertebral disc degeneration, facet joint enlargement, and neural tissue thickening collectively lead to spinal canal narrowing. Aging, genetic predisposition, as well as harmful movements, promote spinal stenosis.

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Cervical spine degeneration and nerve compression are treatable

Degenerative cervical spine conditions are caused by wear and tear associated with aging and regular usage. Given the continuous load-bearing and movement demands placed on the cervical vertebrae to support the head, degeneration is a natural process affecting everyone, though its extent can vary between individuals.

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Endoscopic Spinal Surgery

Endoscopic spine surgery is a minimally invasive surgical option that utilizes advanced technologies and techniques. The surgical results are equal to open surgery, with smaller incisions, less tissue damage, and less risk of infections, and allow overall faster recovery times.

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Lumbar Disc Herniation/Herniated Disc

Common spinal diseases, affecting 1-3% of individuals, predominantly affect middle-aged individuals around 40 years, with a higher occurrence in men (60%) than women (40%). Age-related cervical disc degeneration can lead to intervertebral disc deformation and herniation, exerting pressure on surrounding nerves due to hereditary factors and wear and tear.

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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis, otherwise known as jogger’s heel, causes pain that starts in the heel, but spreads throughout the sole of the foot. It is a common condition among the over 40s and is caused by strain on the foot, such as standing for long periods, obesity, unsuitable footwear, or conditions, such as Achilles tendon injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or physical conditions, such as being flat-footed, etc.

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De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is a painful condition that tends to affect the tendons in the wrists due to chronic overuse of the wrist and thumb, as well as repetitive, improper use of the wrist joint.

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