When Does Spine Deformity Require Surgery?
Dr. Mark Kayanja, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Texas Back Institute answers the question “When Does My Spinal Deformity Require a Surgeon?” Spinal deformity is an abnormal curvature of the spine. This can occur in the all regions of the spine, which include the cervical spine (neck), Thoracic (mid-back), and lumbar (low back). “Abnormal curvature could include a curve from side to side or front to back. Forward curvature to the spine is called kyphosis, while backward curves are called a swayback. These deformities could increase, and present pain in the back, arms, legs, or torso. In all spine conditions you should seek evaluation form a spine specialist. When pain and or curvature increase this may be an indication for surgical intervention.
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