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.

The Benefits of SRS Membership

A spine surgeon at Springfield Clinic, LLP, Ra’Kerry Rahman, MD, has more than a decade of education and training in complex spinal deformity, spine surgery, and scoliosis. Dedicated to providing high-quality, advanced surgical options to patients, Dr. RaKerry Rahman belongs to several professional organizations that are dedicated to the advancement of the field, including the prestigious Scoliosis Research Society (SRS).

Since its founding in 1966, the SRS has grown into one of the world’s premier societies dedicated to education, research, and medical advancement in the field of spinal deformities. Currently made up of more than 1,000 members, the SRS maintains strict membership criteria, welcoming only the leading spine surgeons, researchers, orthotists, and physician assistants in the world.

Being a member of the SRS comes with a wide range of benefits. Members have reduced registration fees for the society’s Annual Meeting and International Meeting of Advanced Spine Techniques. Both events feature a host of important information about changes in the field, and provide attendees with opportunities to network with spine professionals from around the world. Members are also recognized on the SRS online Physician Locator and are eligible for various scholarships and traveling fellowships.

Members are given access to the SRS exclusive Members Only information on the Society’s website. This information includes such things as newsletter archives, historical documents, and video archives of past meeting presentations. Additionally, members will be able to access the Global Outreach lecture depository. Further, the SRS maintains a program through which new members can learn about the society’s various leadership opportunities and connect with professionals online.