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Cervical & Lumbar Spine

Deciding the right way to treat your neck or back pain begins with an accurate diagnosis, which involves a thorough orthopaedic evaluation and the use of tools such as MRI and electrodiagnostics.

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Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopy is a common surgical procedure in which a joint is viewed using a small camera. Arthroscopy gives doctors a clear view of the inside of the joint and helps treat orthopaedic problems.

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Sports Medicine

Sports medicine is specialized medical care for treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries. From athletes to active individuals, sports medicine helps patients continue injury-free active lifestyles.

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Scoliosis

Description

Scoliosis is the most common abnormal curvature of the spine. It is most common in adolescent females.

Scoliosis is a genetic condition that frequently runs in families. Small curves usually cause no pain. The curve is commonly in the upper back. The patient may have one hip higher than the other, and frequently one shoulder blade appears more prominent than the other.

Symptoms and Signs

  • One hip may be higher than the other
  • One shoulder blade appears more prominent
  • Small curves in the back; usually upper back
  • Deformity in back
  • Cork screwing effect from rotation

Causes

  • There is no known cause for Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis tends to run in families

Possible Treatment Options

Bracing
As a first option, bracing is frequently prescribed. Back braces customized for the specific curvature of the patient's scoliosis are used to attempt to restrain the curve during the growth years.

Instrumentation and Fusion
If the patient's scoliotic curve meets certain criteria, a surgical procedure may be prescribed. Through the insertion of pedicle screws and hooks at various points in the spine in conjunction with rods, the spine is straightened. The rods are then locked in position and a bone graft is applied to create a fusion, to prevent further curve progression.

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