Spinal deformity is abnormal curvature of the spine. This can occur from a young age or can develop over time with age and can appear as an S or C shaped-spine (scoliosis) or hunchback (kyphosis).
Symptoms of scoliosis are quite variable and can range from being asymptomatic to being severely debilitating. Treatment for scoliosis depends on the symptom severity and degree of curvature but can involve nonoperative and operative techniques. If the symptoms become severe and nonoperative treatments fail, Dr. Steinhaus may recommend correction of the scoliosis. In this surgery, the spine is corrected using screws and rods and fused in this straighter position. The extent of the surgery depends on the length and severity of the curve.