Spine Glossary

sort descending Term description
Hx

History.

IDET

Intradiscal electrothermal therapy. A percutaneous procedure done on damaged discs to relieve pain by inserting a heated catheter into the damaged area.

instability

When vertebrae move beyond their normal range of motion.

interbody fusion

Grafting bone in the space between discs for the purpose of fusing two vertebral segments.

intervertebral cage

A type of instrumentation used to promote fusion during surgery.

IV

Intravenous.

kyphoplasty

Procedure to repair osteoporosis fractures, where glue-like material is injected into a balloon inserted into a collapsed vertebra.

kyphosis

A curve in the spine that points to the back of the body. A hunchback is one example of kyphosis.

L#

The letter L followed by a number identifies a specific vertebra in the lumbar spine. For example, L3 is the 3rd vertebra in the lumbar spine.L3-4 would refer to the disc between the L3 and L4 vertebrae.

laminectomy

Surgical procedure removing the shingle-like portions of a vertebra to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots (see anatomy section).

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