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Spinal deformities

Spinal deformities may be present at birth, or revealed over time. Spinal conditions include: scoliosis (curving of the spine); kyphosis (increasing round back of the spine); spondylolysis (stress fracture of the spine); and spondylolisthesis (movement of one part of the spine on another part).

Spinal deformities may cause symptoms like uneven shoulder heights, a head that appears not centered with the rest of the body, uneven waistline or tilted pelvis, breathing difficulties, walking difficulties, hunched back and back pain.

Diagnosis of spinal deformities includes a detailed physical exam and one or more imaging studies. These may include computer tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, or others. Additional tests may be needed to uncover other problems, like pulmonary or circulation issues.

Treatment depends on the underlying diagnosis. Options may include careful observation, bracing, physical therapy, or surgery. In cases involving the spine, a number of specialists may be involved in creating the best treatment plan. Orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics and even psychology professionals can all play a part in helping children and families address these conditions.

Early detection and treatment of spinal deformities offer the greatest chance of positive outcomes.

Previous Page Last Review Date: January 5, 2018
Spinal deformities Team
David Feldman, MD

David Feldman, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Specialists
West Palm Beach 33407