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


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.

Spinal Deformity – Scoliosis and Kyphosis

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Spinal Deformity

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.