While some people are born with a spinal deformity, your risk of developing an abnormal curve or narrowing in your spine increases with age. Azadeh Farin, MD, FAANS, FACS, diagnoses and treats spinal deformities that interfere with neurological function at FARINeurosurgery in Long Beach, California. Call FARINeurosurgery or schedule a consultation online today if you’re concerned about a spinal deformity.
Your spine should appear straight from the front, but it has natural curves that are visible from the side that allow your spine to twist, bend, and absorb shock.
Spinal deformities alter the natural shape of your spine. These abnormalities are congenital or develop as a result of an injury, surgery, or as a side effect of aging.
The most common type of spinal deformity in adults is degenerative scoliosis. It develops when your spinal discs and facet joints deteriorate, causing your spine to tilt or curve to the side.
Kyphosis is another prevalent type of spinal deformity. Weakness in your vertebrae, often due to osteoporosis, leads to compression fractures. These fractures cause your spine to curve forward, causing your back to round.
Many people have mild abnormal spinal curves that they don’t even notice. However, spinal deformities are often progressive, and over time your abnormal curves affect your ability to stand up straight and move.
Spinal deformities can also cause nerve compression in your spinal cord or peripheral nerves. Nerve compression causes pain, numbness, tingling or electrical sensations, and weakness.
If you notice any changes in your posture or signs of nerve compression, make an appointment with Dr. Farin. Many conditions can cause these symptoms, and an accurate diagnosis is an essential first step in getting the treatment you need.
At FARINeurosurgery, Dr. Farin begins with a comprehensive exam and consultation to evaluate your spinal deformity and its effect on your health and quality of life.
As an experienced neurologist, Dr. Farin has a deep understanding of your central and peripheral nervous systems. She provides personalized treatments, including surgery, to repair your spine and relieve and repair nerve compression.
Whenever possible, she uses minimally invasive surgical techniques to minimize blood loss and trauma to the healthy tissue surrounding your spine. She often provides referrals for physical therapy and rehabilitation following surgery.
Call FARINeurosurgery or make an appointment online today if you have a spinal deformity and need expert neurological assessment and treatment.