Dr. Guess is a renowned spine specialist serving the community of Carrollton, TX. He has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating orthopedic conditions affecting the spine. The surgeon uses advanced techniques to treat congenital and acquired deformities of the spine.

Spinal Deformity

Spinal deformity refers to any mild or severe irregularity in the shape, curvature or alignment of the vertebrae in the spine. The human spine comprises of 25 bones, known as vertebrae, which provide support to the upper body. Each of these bones is fused together with rubbery tissues called discs. Although there are minor curvatures in the spine, a deformity occurs when these curves become extreme or displaced. The condition does not always leads to pain unless the altered structure constricts the spinal canal and puts pressure on the nerve roots.

Common Types Of Spinal Deformities

  • Scoliosis: It is a condition characterized by a sideways curvature of the spine. When viewed from the back, the spine resembles the alphabet C or S. Scoliosis most commonly affects the thoracic spine.
  • Kyphosis: It refers to an exaggerated rounding of the thoracic spine. People suffering from Kyphosis tend to walk in a bent position and find it difficult to stand erect. The condition is most commonly seen in older women.

Causes Of Spinal Deformity

  • Spine fracture
  • Orthopedic conditions, such as Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Degenerative Disc Disease etc.
  • Injury or trauma to the spine
  • Congenital defects
  • Slipping of one vertebra over the other
  • Poor posture

Symptoms Of Spinal Deformity

  • Back pain
  • Rounded appearance of the back
  • Difficulty moving the spine in certain ways
  • Fatigue in back or legs
  • Uneven waist or hip
  • Uneven shoulders
  • Protruding shoulder blade
  • Patient may tilt towards either side

Diagnosis Of Spinal Deformity

The spine specialist may physically examine the spine to determine any visible abnormalities. X-ray, CT scan or MRI may be conducted to confirm the diagnosis and evaluate the severity of the condition. For Scoliosis, the doctor may use a scoliometer to assess the degree of the curvature in the spine.  

Treatment For Spinal Deformity

  • Bracing: The spine specialist may suggest wearing a back brace if the deformity is mild to moderate or if the patient is young and the spine may become straighter with age. Bracing may not treat the condition but prevent it from worsening.
  • Physiotherapy: Exercises may help to strengthen the spine, increase flexibility and range of motion.
  • Medications: Medications may be prescribed to patients with severe deformity that causes pain and discomfort.
  • Surgery: Surgical treatment may be recommended for patients with extreme pain and severe spinal deformity. The procedure involves using metal rods and screws to hold the spine in normal position.

For treatment of spinal deformities, visit Dr. Guess. To schedule an appointment with the spine specialist in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.