When you have been diagnosed with scoliosis, you want to find a Los Angeles spine surgeon who can address this condition effectively. Dr. Sang Kim is that doctor. He is a highly educated and experienced board certified orthopedic spine surgeon who has trained with the most recognized spinal deformity and cervical spine surgeons in the world. He is known to provide compassionate care and has a unique ability to explain the patient’s conditions in simple language. His surgical skills in minimally invasive surgical techniques as well as major deformity spinal surgeries is recognized by his peers in the spine community. He makes a very conscientious effort to put the patient’s best interest as his number one priority. He is intimately involved in all aspect of his patients care and ensures that every patient gets his full attention for the management of their spinal condition. For exceptional spinal treatment for scoliosis in 90048, SK Spine is your best choice.
Scoliosis is a deformity of the spine in which the straight spine develops a curve when viewed from behind. This curve can be either very subtle or quite severe. Scoliosis most commonly occurs in the thoracic area of the spine, but can also occur in the lumbar back. It is usually noted in the early teens but can present at any age, and it is also much more common in girls than boys. Children are screened by their pediatrician and at school for scoliosis and are referred to a specialist for diagnosis if there is any question as to whether they have the condition. In most teenagers, no cause for the scoliosis is noted and this is called “idiopathic” scoliosis. In adults, the scoliosis in 90048 may be due to excessive wear and is called “degenerative scoliosis.”
Scoliosis in teenagers is usually not associated with pain, and if pain is present further testing is required. Adults do frequently present with pain that may be worse with standing and relieved with rest. A careful physical examination by Dr. Kim will detect scoliosis in the majority of teenagers and adults, but an x-ray is usually required to determine the severity of the curve. If pain is present, an MRI of the entire spine may be required. The treatment of scoliosis in 90048 for children and teenagers depends on the age of the patient and the degree of the curvature. Curves less than 10 degrees are not even considered scoliosis and no treatment is required. Moderate curves may require a brace, and more severe curves may need surgery. Spinal surgery for scoliosis is done to improve the curve and stop the progression. Most adults are managed with physical therapy and exercise. However, if the curve is severe and painful then surgery may be indicated. For a proper evaluation and diagnosis of your scoliosis, call for an appointment today.