Deformity

Spinal deformity can have physiologic and cosmetic consequences. Each curve is unique to a given patient. Allow our highly experienced surgeons to help you stand straight again.

Spinal deformity happens when an exaggerated curvature of the spine occurs (scoliosis, kyphosis and Scheuermann’s disease).

Deformities typically do not cause pain, unless the change in the spine’s structure restricts movement or reduces room in the spinal canal and puts pressure on the nerves.

Spinal deformity in children and adolescents accounts for the largest share (48%) of all musculoskeletal deformity health care visits – over 857,280 each year. (HCUP-AHRQ 2011)

  • Common Causes:
    • Genetic Problem
    • Disease
  • Symptoms:
    • Pressure in the neck, head, or back
    • Weakness
    • Lack of coordination or paralysis
    • Numbness, tingling or loss of feeling in the hands and feet
    • Loss of bladder or bowel control
    • Difficulty walking, balancing or breathing
    • Uneven shoulders
    • Protruding shoulder blade
  • Associated Diagnoses:
    • Scoliosis
    • Achondroplasia
    • Spina bifida
    • Basal cell nevus syndrome
    • Becker’s muscular dystrophy
    • Brittle bone disease
    • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
    • Compression fracture of the back
    • Hunchback
    • Hypercalcemia
    • Ito syndrome
    • Osteoporosis
    • Marfan syndrome
    • Meningomyelocele
    • Congenital scoliosis
    • Degenerative lumbar scoliosis
    • Rickets
  • Treatments:
    • An in-depth evaluation is needed to determine the right path of treatment for a deformed spine