A deformity in the spine is characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spinal column (vertebrae). Normally, these bones are stacked — one on top of each other. With a spine deformity, these bones are positioned differently, altering the natural curvature of the spine and vertebrae.
Dignity Health Southern California doctors offer care to treat common spinal deformities, including:
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Symptoms of Spine Deformity
Slight curvature disorders usually have no symptoms. With larger deformities, symptoms may include:
- Back pain
- Visible abnormal spine curvature
- Uneven shoulders, waistline, hips or legs
More severe deformities can cause problems with breathing and walking.
Causes of Spine Deformity
Researchers don’t fully understand what causes the majority of spine deformities. They do know that some deformities, such as scoliosis, tend to run in families. With aging, normal wear and tear can cause the spine to deteriorate. Osteoporosis causes the bones to become thinner, and may contribute to deformities such as kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, and lordosis.
Treatment for Spine Deformities at Dignity Health Southern California
Treatment for smaller curves may involve noninvasive therapies such as physical therapy or back exercises to target specific muscles. For more prominent curves, back bracing may be helpful in stopping the deformity from getting worse
If a spine deformity is caused by an underlying condition, such as osteoporosis, your doctor may prescribe medications to help manage the symptoms. Surgery may be necessary for larger deformities, such as scoliosis with a curve equal to or greater than 45° to 50°. Your doctor may recommend a surgical approach to help straighten the spine and prevent further complications, such as a breathing problem.
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