Spine Deformities Specialist in New Jersey
The deformity of the spine is known as an abnormality of the alignment, formation, or shape of the vertebrae column. Doctors who treat spinal deformities will refer to these deformities as curvy spine, curved spine, misshaped spine or curvature of the spine. Because the spine is composed of more than 25 small bones (or vertebrae) that support the upper body, problems can occur. When a healthy, normal spine is out of whack or the gentle, natural curvature is exaggerated or displaced, this is considered a deformity.
The most commonly known types of spinal deformities include: Scoliosis, Spina Bifida, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Brittle Bone Disease, Achondroplasia, Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome, Kyphosis, Rickets, Osteoporosis, Marfan Syndrome, Fractures, Hunchback, Ito Syndrome, Hypercalcemia, Meningomyelocele and Congenital Scoliosis. The three main types of spinal curvatures include: Lordosis (curves inward at the lower back); Kyphosis (rounded upper back); and Scoliosis (sideways curve of the spine).
Though are many causes for the deformity of the spinal or misalignment. The most common reasons for deformities include:
- Obesity or being extremely overweight
- Inflammation of the disc space between the bones of the spine
- Osteoporosis or the fragility of the vertebrae that can be easily broken (compression fractures)
- Vertebrae in the lower back slipping forward (spondylolisthesis)
- Disorders in which the bones don’t grow normally.
Other causes include poor posture or slouching, spine tumors, arthritis and birth defects.
Symptoms always vary and will depend on the type of spine curvature disorder and severity of the condition. Some noticeable symptoms include a more pronounced buttocks, a large gap between the lower back and floor when laying on your back on a hard surface, back pain, fatigue in back or legs, hump in the upper back, leaning to one particular side, and an uneven hip or waist.
There are several ways to treat spinal deformities. Medication can relieve the pain or swelling. Weight loss, wearing a back brace (usually for kids or adolescents who are still growing), and exercise/ physical therapy are also common treatments. In severe cases of spinal deformity, surgery may be necessary. Doctors will also monitor the situation every four to six months to see if the curvature worsens
When back pain occurs, it should never be ignored. The team at New Jersey Orthopedic Institute is here to properly diagnose and treat your spinal deformity. Our team has treated numerous patients with spinal deformities with great success. NJOI has 6 locations throughout northern and central New Jersey, making it convenient for our patients. Our offices are located in Wayne, Bridgewater, Butler, Morristown, and Clifton. Reach out today to schedule an appointment at any of our 6 locations by calling 973-273-3431.
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Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.
Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.
Anthony Festa, M.D.
Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.
Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.
Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.
Robert M. Palacios, M.D.
SPORTS MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.
Craig Wright, M.D.
ORTHOPAEDIC TRAUMA SURGEON
Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.
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