Spine Curvature Disorders

by Dr. David Bomback

A healthy spine has gentle curves that help it absorb impact from normal activity.  If those curves are too pronounced, however, it is considered a spine curvature disorder.

Three Common Types of Spine Curvature Disorders

  1. Scoliosis: a lateral deviation of the spinal column.
  2. Kyphosis: a forward deviation of the spinal column in the upper back.
  3. Lordosis: an inward deviation of the spinal column in the lower back.

Treatment

Usually these disorders can be managed nonoperatively but if the magnitude of the scoliosis back viewcurve exceeds a certain threshold, surgery is often recommended. Surgery is recommended for larger curves due to the high risk of continued curve progression which could lead to further deformity and collapse of the spine.

Over time, the internal organs can be compressed which could lead to cardiac or respiratory issues, loss of appetite, spinal cord compression, as well as, cosmetic concerns. Some of these surgeries in older, more osteoporotic, patients are fraught with complications and often not recommended.

If you suffer from scoliosis or kyphosis and have been offered surgery, a second opinion may be the smartest decision you can make.

 

Dr. David Bomback

About Dr. David Bomback

Dr. Bomback has excelled throughout his entire academic career. After graduating high school as salutatorian, he then graduated cum laude from Columbia College, Columbia University where he was named one of only five Rabi Scholars (for mathematics and science) in his class. He then earned his medical degree at Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons,... Read More »