Kate L. Iwamoto, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Care Physicians in Downtown Baltimore.
Mercy's team of top surgeons are known for their expertise in correcting ankle deformities caused by unsuccessful ankle fracture treatments.
The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy provides leading edge pain treatment options to patients throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
Scoliosis is a condition where the spine has an abnormal side-to-side curve. This 3D medical animation explains the anatomy of the spine as well as treatment for scoliosis.
At The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy, our spine specialists are dedicated to treating all types of scoliosis, including degenerative, adolescent and congenital. Patients from across Baltimore seek the expertise and experience of our team of physicians for the advanced treatment options of spine disorders.
Degenerative scoliosis, also known as adult scoliosis or degenerative lumbar scoliosis, can occur as the normal spine ages. Discs soften and arthritis may develop in the facet joints (back side of the spine). If there is some curvature (scoliosis) in the lower back (lumber spine), it can greatly increase when the discs soften and facet joints erode due to arthritis.
Increased curvature often is accompanied by increased instability and pain with activity. The facet joints form additional bone to help stabilize the failing spine. This extra bone can press upon nerves to cause leg pain. Degenerative scoliosis most often occurs in the low back of middle-aged adults.
Degenerative scoliosis symptoms can include:
The pain associated with degenerative scoliosis most often is caused by the inflammation in the facet joints not by the curve of the spine.
Degenerative scoliosis can be diagnosed with a physical exam as well as using imaging techniques such as X-rays, CT scans and MRIs.
Degenerative scoliosis most often does not require surgery. The goal of degenerative scoliosis treatment is to:
Pain relief can be achieved through:
Our physician team includes experts in pain management and we work closely with patients to address their individual needs.
Surgery may be considered as a treatment option for degenerative scoliosis when the pain is so severe that it interferes with the ability to walk.
The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, features some of the best spine experts of the Mid-Atlantic region dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of complex spine disorders, including scoliosis, osteoarthritis, stenosis, degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis. Our doctors at The Maryland Spine Center work with each patient to determine the most effective and minimally invasive treatments available while offering an atmosphere of care and support. Mercy Medical Center is proud to have been named a Best National Hospital in Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.
The Maryland Spine Center is part of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Mara Vucich is a physiatrist, or doctor of physical and rehabilitative medicine, who treats patients with spine conditions including arthritis, spinal stenosis, degeneration of the spine, back and neck strains and disc herniations.
A woman with scoliosis seeks out Mercy's doctors for a successful, life-changing surgical treatment.