What Causes Spine Curvature Disorders?

The spinal column is designed to protect the spinal cord while providing skeletal support and balance to the body, allowing humans to stand upright. Seen from the back, a healthy spinal column appears straight; from the side, it maintains a gentle curve. But when the spinal curves become exaggerated or curve in a direction they are not meant for, it can lead to discomfort and limited motion at its mildest, and severe debilitation at its worst. What causes spine curvature disorders and what can be done about them?

Types of Curvature of the Spine

Spine curvature disorders fall largely into three categories, depending on where they occur and the nature of the curve:

What Causes the Spine to Curve?

To this day, modern medicine still does not know what causes most occurrences of scoliosis — the type that develops in adolescents — although there is evidence to suggest it is hereditary. For other types of scoliosis, as well as lordosis and kyphosis, there may be a variety of factors causing the curve. These may include:

How Can Spine Curvature Disorders Be Treated?

Treatment plans for curvature of the spine can vary depending on how severe the curvature is, where it occurs and how it occurs. In mild cases that are not progressing, no treatment may be needed. In some cases, doctors may use a combination of exercise, physical therapy, braces and pain management to correct the curvature over time. In more severe, painful or debilitating cases, one or more surgical procedures may be needed to help realign the spine.

If you are suffering from a spine curvature disorder, there are a number of treatment options available to mitigate the pain, correct your posture and restore mobility. For a consultation and evaluations, call Polaris Spine and Neurosurgery Center at 404-256-2633.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Keeping Our Patients Safe During COVID-19

With guidance from the Center for Disease Control and local public health departments, our Outpatient Surgery Center (OSC) has taken great care to create its own set of guidelines to promote a safe option for surgical intervention.

4 Myths About Regenerative Injection Therapy

In recent years, regenerative injection therapies (like stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma, or PRP) have become very popular as treatment options for back, spine and sports injuries.

Are X-Rays Enough to Diagnose A Spine Injury?

These days, when someone suffers an injury or experiences pain in their spine, neck, back or joints, the default assumption is, “I’ll just get an X-ray, and that will tell me what’s wrong.” However, an X-ray is just one of several types of medical imaging

Patient's Guide to Sports-Related Spine Injuries

For athletes, sports injuries are a fact of life. When you’re depending on your body to push it to the finish line and meet extraordinary physical goals, there’s bound to be some collateral damage along the road.