Spinal Deformities

Spinal deformities generally involve unnatural curvature of the spine. Curvatures may result from disease, degenerative changes, fractures, infection, malignancy or structural changes following spine surgery.

Spinal deformity may or may not cause pain. But if the condition restricts movement or puts pressure on nerves in the spinal canal, patients may suffer with debilitating pain and significantly reduced movement and quality of life.

Examples of these conditions include:

Treatments

Treatment for spinal deformities depends on the exact diagnosis and the severity of the condition, along with the patient’s age and other medical conditions. Treatment for curvatures may include braces that are worn under clothes to support the spine in correct anatomical position. Physical therapy that focuses on improving flexibility and core strength can also be part of a treatment plan. Pain management injections can offer temporary relief for mild nerve compression or joint arthritis. Surgery may be recommended in cases where there is severe pain, neurological problems or curvature greater than 50 degrees. A variety of surgical techniques are used to treat deformities of the spine.

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Symptoms and Screenings for Spinal Deformities

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Causes and Preventions for Spinal Deformities

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Education and Resources for Spinal Deformities

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Support groups for Spinal Deformities

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