Kate L. Iwamoto, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Care Physicians in Downtown Baltimore.
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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.
Spine surgeons of The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy in Baltimore diagnose and treat a variety of spine disorders, including scoliosis, an abnormal, lateral curvature of the spine.
Scoliosis correction refers to the diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis - an abnormal, lateral curvature of the spine. A typical spine appears straight from top to bottom, but a spine with scoliosis can curve into a “C” or “S” shape. Scoliosis can occur at different stages, either in utero (congenital), during adolescence, or after normal aging (degenerative). The exact cause of scoliosis is usually unknown, and treatment will depend on a number of variables, including the type, stage and severity.
The spine surgeons of The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy provide a thorough evaluation to determine the type and severity of scoliosis. It may be determined that no treatment is necessary and your doctor will continue to closely monitor the condition. In some cases, particularly those of adolescent scoliosis, lightweight braces may be used to halt the worsening of spinal curvature.
If scoliosis is determined to be severe, or has the potential to become severe, surgery may be used to correct the condition. In most cases, surgeons will use special spinal instrumentation that gradually applies corrective forces to address the spine deformity. Spinal fusion may be used with bone grafts to fuse vertebra together and strengthen the spine.
Patients who have been diagnosed with scoliosis, and whose symptoms are severe, may be candidates for scoliosis correction. The spine surgeons of The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy will evaluate your condition and determine the best possible treatment options for your needs.
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.
Michele had trouble walking the stairs due to pain from a herniated disc. Minimally invasive surgery helped eliminate her pain.