If you are looking for the best Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon to treat your spine conditions, there is only one doctor to see. Dr. Kim is a highly educated and trained board certified orthopaedic spine surgeon who has trained with the most recognized spinal deformity and cervical spine surgeons in the world. At our state-of-the-art practice, located in Los Angeles, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal conditions such as sciatica, back pain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, spinal tumors and fractures.
Kyphosis is a deformity of the spine in which the normal contours of the spine (when viewed from the side) are exaggerated. Commonly referred to as “swayback” or thought to be poor posture by parents looking at their children, kyphosis can be very mild to quite severe. Kyphosis usually occurs in the thoracic spine and can be seen in teenagers and adults. In teenagers the cause is thought to be due to a growth disturbance in the vertebrae and occurs without pain. In older adults, kyphosis is often due to painful compression deformities of the vertebrae themselves, osteoporosis, cancer, or other spinal conditions. To confirm the diagnosis, this top Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon will take an x-ray to observe the curve and measure it. In some cases an MRI may be needed and adults may require a CT scan.
The treatment of kyphosis in teenagers is usually observation (or in more severe cases, a brace). If the curve progresses and the deformity becomes severe, this Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon may suggest corrective surgery. The surgery results in improvement of the curve and a more cosmetic appearance to the spine. It also relieves the pressure on spinal nerves and internal organs. In adults, treatment is usually non-operative with therapy and medications, although surgery may be necessary in some cases. Some patients benefit from wearing supportive back braces or doing specific exercises to stretch hypertonic (tight) muscles. To get an appropriate diagnosis and treatment for your kyphosis, give Dr. Kim a call today.