An LPGA Golfer Overcomes Scoliosis


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Stacy Lewis

Caring for patients throughout the Houston community, spinal surgeon RaKerry Rahman, MD, currently practices at the Spine & Orthopedic Surgical Institute. RaKerry Rahman, MD, has extensive experience operating on patients with cervical, thoracic, and lumbar degenerative conditions, including scoliosis.

The Scoliosis Research Society recently published an article entitled “Stacy’s Story” on its website. This is the story of Stacy Lewis, a professional golfer on the LPGA Tour, and her longtime battle with progressive scoliosis. Diagnosed at age 11, when an asymmetry of the back when bending forward was discovered, Stacy wore a back brace for the majority of the day for more than seven years, including while asleep.

Shedding the back brace at age 18, when she stopped growing, as expected, Stacy was dismayed that the deformity that did not stop progressing. For this reason, surgery was recommended as the only way of fully correcting the condition. An innovative “muscle sparing” approach achieved a balanced correction that provided extra mobility and allowed Stacy to achieve NCAA greatness and make the transition to professional golf.

Dr. Ra’Kerry Rahman maintains an online presence at


Scoliosis – Spinal Curvature Commonly Affecting Adolescents


Study Points to the Efficacy of Vancomycin Powder in Spinal Surgery


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Vancomycin Powder

A respected Houston physician, RaKerry Rahman, MD, engages with the Spine & Orthopedic Surgical Institute as a spinal deformity surgeon. RaKerry Rahman, MD’s research experience includes “methods to prevent infection in spinal deformity surgery using vancomycin powder,” which he presented as a podium presentation with the Scoliosis Research Society in 2011.

A 2015 meta-analysis of nine studies by researchers at The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis has brought further evidence supporting the use of vancomycin powder in preventing spinal surgical site infections.

According to the study, the largest impact of this approach is at high-volume spinal surgery institutions where elevated baseline infection rates exist. In addition, intrawound vancomycin powder is most effective among patients who are living with higher-risk factors such as diabetes and obesity.

Attractive to medical practitioners for its low systemic toxicity, vancomycin powder is preferred over intravenous vancomycin, which does not have any apparent advantages over intravenous cyclosporine. The analysis showed that overall surgical site infection risks decreased by a third among more than 2,000 patients when they took vancomycin powder.

Online at, Dr. Ra’Kerry Rahman has also presented a scientific abstract on the “posterior vertebral column resection procedure.”

Adult Degenerative Scoliosis


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Adult Degenerative Scoliosis

RaKerry Rahman, MD, serves as a cervical spine and scoliosis surgeon at the Spine and Orthopedic Surgical Institute of Houston, Texas. There, Ra’Kerry Rahman provides surgical treatment for spinal curvatures in both children and adults.

Adult degenerative scoliosis, also known as adult onset scoliosis, occurs due to degeneration of the intervertebral discs and facet joints of the spine. This is a natural consequence of aging but may occur to a greater degree on one side of the spine than on the other. When this happens, the spine develops an abnormal lateral curvature that, when it progresses to 10 degrees or more, is diagnosable as scoliosis.

Scoliosis in adults typically develops in the lower back and co-presents with a sagittal straightening of the spinal column. It is often asymptomatic, though patients may notice stiffness or aching in the middle to lower back. Sharper back pain, numbness, and tingling are common as well and may radiate down into the leg. In some cases, leg pain may occur independently and usually resolves with rest.

Most patients with adult degenerative scoliosis can find relief through physical therapy, bracing, and pain medication. If these interventions fail to adequately control pain and mobility issues, surgery may be necessary.

Global Spine Outreach Treats Patients with Scoliosis around the Globe


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Global Spine Outreach

A distinguished cervical spine and scoliosis surgeon, RaKerry (Ra’Kerry) Rahman, MD, practices at the Springfield Clinic in Springfield, Illinois. His experience and skill in spinal surgery, particularly in cases of deformities like scoliosis, has made him one of the leading spinal surgeons in the Midwest. In addition to his practice, Dr. RaKerry Rahman volunteers his time and expertise to Global Spine Outreach, a nonprofit organization that performs free spinal surgery for children with scoliosis and other complex deformities.

Scoliosis is a medical condition characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine. Without proper treatment, severe cases can lead to breathing difficulties, chronic pain, paralysis, and even premature death. The condition affects nearly 200 million people across the globe, 60 million of whom either lack sufficient means for corrective surgery or have no access to it.

Because of these daunting numbers, Global Spine Outreach focuses on long-term education and training for surgeons in countries where they operate. Experts provide hands-on instruction that equips local doctors and surgeons to effectively diagnose spinal conditions, perform the necessary corrective surgeries, and monitor patients during recovery. This collaboration leads to sustainable benefits for current and future patients in need of life-changing, if not life-saving, spinal surgery.

Supporting the Field – The Scoliosis Research Society


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Scoliosis Research Society

A board certified cervical spine and scoliosis surgeon, RaKerry, or Ra’Kerry, Rahman, MD, is currently the clinical assistant professor of spinal surgery at Springfield Clinic, LLP. A committed professional, Dr. RaKerry Rahman is a member of a number of medical organizations, including the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS).

An international society dedicated to the treatment and research of spinal deformities, the Scoliosis Research Society was established in 1966. With membership that has grown from 35 industry professionals to more than 1,000 surgeons, orthotists, researchers, and assistants, the society maintains a commitment to its founding principle of fostering high-quality patient care. In addition to its public awareness campaign to promote June as Scoliosis Awareness Month, the SRS also promotes professional engagement with its variety of fellowships and scholarships, including the Asia-Pacific Spinal Deformity Scholarship Program, among others. It also honors members with the SRS Lifetime Achievement Award.

Open to two surgeons no older than 45 and who reside in the region, the Asia-Pacific Spinal Deformity Scholarship Program takes place over 12 months. Successful candidates are not necessarily SRS members but are qualified to become members, and must have two references from current members. During the program, the surgeons visit and learn in several spinal deformity centers to enhance their skills, education, and clinical research.

The SRS Lifetime Achievement Award is open to all society members, though senior members receive special consideration. The awarded is granted to SRS members who make noteworthy contributions to the field of spinal deformity care. Recipients receive a plaque in recognition of their achievement, and sit for a 30-minute interview with a society historian.

Factors Leading to Myelopathy

Myelopathy is a condition well known to Dr. RaKerry (Ra’Kerry) Rahman, a clinical faculty member at Southern Illinois University’s School of Medicine. RaKerry Rahman, MD, also practices as a cervical spine and scoliosis specialist at the prestigious Springfield Clinic.

Also known as “spinal cord compression,” myelopathy is a frequent factor in cervical or neck pain in people 55 and older. The disorder includes such conditions as transverse syndrome, central cord syndrome, and motor system syndrome. Its pain can involve spinal nerves or supportive tissue, in addition to problems with the vertebrae or the facet joints that hold them together.

Myelopathy is often associated with the accumulated stresses of aging. As the spine grows older, its discs dry up or decalcify, leading to a reduction in the space between the facet joints. This degeneration places added pressure on the spine and pushes against the nerve roots and the spinal cord.

Trauma, such as automobile accidents, sports injuries, or falls, also can contribute to myelopathy. In addition to causing fractures and dislocated joints, trauma often damages the tissues that keep the spine in proper position.

Inflammatory illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis, may result in myelopathy in the upper neck. Infections, tumors, and birth defects are less common contributors.