RaKerry Rahman, MD, is a respected Houston back surgeon who treats patients with complex spinal conditions at the Spine & Orthopedic Surgical Institute. Among his patients, RaKerry Rahman, MD, sees many adolescents who have developed scoliosis.
Characterized by side-to-side spinal curves, scoliosis is diagnosed when the curvature exceeds 10 degrees. In an X ray, the back of a person with scoliosis resembles the letter C or S, rather than a straight line. The impact of scoliosis is not limited to the spine, as it may also cause unevenness in the hips and shoulders, depending where the curves occur along the spine.
Often developing in preteens and adolescents, idiopathic scoliosis is the most common kind of scoliosis. “Idiopathic” means that no known cause exists. Patients frequently wonder whether poor posture is related to scoliosis: the answer is a definitive no.
Once diagnosed, the curvature will be carefully monitored and, until it worsens or reaches 25 degrees, may not need treatment. If it does, common treatments include back bracing, which is typically continued until the back stops growing, or physical therapy. In the most severe cases, corrective surgery may be necessary.
Experienced in treating all kinds of degenerative spine conditions, Dr. Ra’Kerry Rahman is accessible online at http://spinesurgeonrr.com.