Spinal Deformity – Scoliosis and Kyphosis

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Spinal Deformity
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A board certified physician, Dr. Ra’Kerry Rahman treats patients with spinal deformities as cervical spine surgeon with Springfield Clinic, LLP, in Springfield, Illinois. In preparation for his medical career, Dr. Ra’Kerry Rahman earned his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed his spine deformity training under the mentorship of both Keith Birdwell, MD, and Lawrence Lenke, MD.

Specialists like Dr. Ra’Kerry Rahman care for people impacted by a wide variety of spine deformities. Scoliosis is one such deformity and it manifests as an abnormality in the spine’s curvature. In most cases, the abnormality is mild, but in other cases, scoliosis can give rise to troubling symptoms including pain and breathing issues. Doctors treat scoliosis with special braces or, in the event more conservative treatments prove inadequate, surgery.

Kyphosis, another type of spinal deformity, occurs when the spine causes a bulging out of the back, giving rise to a hunched-backed appearance. Advanced age is a risk factor for kyphosis. Though the condition appears most often in elderly women, it can effect people as young as infants. Typical Kyphosis symptoms include stiffness and pain. With very severe kyphosis, doctors may suggest surgical solutions like spinal fusion.