Professor Harms is one of the world's most experienced spine specialists. His contributions to research and new developments in the field of spine surgery in recent decades have placed him at the forefront of the rapid progress being made in surgical treatment of spinal diseases.
At some point in their lives, most people will experience back problems. A "backache" may indicate the presence of a wide variety of diseases, whereby most back problems are caused by wear (degeneration) of the intervertebral discs, the vertebral joints and the ligamentous apparatus, resulting in a structural transformation within specific mobile segments. There are also a number of diseases that originate outside the spinal column, elsewhere but which may bring about potentially extensive changes to the spine, also known as the vertebral column.

The "Spinal Disease Information Portal" provides detailed information on the genesis, symptoms, diagnostics, and treatment of the most frequent spinal diseases under the headings "Degenerative Diseases, Deformities, Spondylolisthesis, Spinal Injuries, Inflammatory Processes and Tumor Diseases".

The "Spinal Column Basics" section provides further information intended to serve as a basis for a better grasp of this complex subject.

The "PDF Download" function gives you access to the contents of every page in a printable form. Visitors to our portal with poor eyesight can zoom the contents in the Acrobat Reader for easy viewing.

The "Sitemap/Search" function facilitates a targeted search for medical terms. The sole intention of our portal is to serve as a source of information; it cannot serve as a substitute for personal consultation with the physician of your choice. Correct diagnosis and initiation of adequate therapy for existing back problems is an individual interactive process involving you and the physician in charge of your treatment.