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When the bony vertebrae that make up your spine do not align perfectly, you may develop a spinal deformity. This orthopedic condition changes the natural C shape of your back and may or may not cause any symptoms.
If you have a large spinal deformity, you can experience back pain and have trouble walking or breathing. Dignity Health Central California spine specialists offer care with dignity and respect when treating spinal deformities.
To relieve uncomfortable symptoms and select a treatment for a spinal deformity in Central California, Find a Doctor who offers care with humankindness.
The causes of spinal deformity is often not known. Some types of spinal deformity, such as scoliosis, seem to run in families. Other types can occur from wear and tear, spine degeneration, and osteoporosis. These include lordosis (swayback), spondylolisthesis (misaligned vertebra), and kyphosis (hunchback).
If you do have signs and symptoms, they can include:
Your Dignity Health Central California doctor will review your medical history and talk to you about spinal deformity correction. We consider the wellness of your mind, body, and spirit throughout your treatment.
The type and size of your spinal deformity will determine the best treatment for you. Some small curves do not require any treatment. Your doctor will continue to monitor your spine, especially if symptoms cause you pain or interfere with activities.
Physical therapy, specific back exercises, or back bracing can help more severe spinal deformities. Your doctor may also suggest medications to relieve symptoms and treat any other conditions, such as osteoporosis.
For very large or severe cases, spinal deformity surgery can help straighten your spine and prevent related complications. Spinal fusion surgery is often recommended for a scoliosis curve that is at least 45 degrees.
To learn more about our spine surgeries, see a Dignity Health Central California orthopedic expert who cares about your overall health and well-being.
Dignity Health Central California’s orthopedic doctors offers personalized treatment for spinal deformities in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.