Spinal deformity is a prevalent condition among elderly adults in the U.S. As many as 68 percent of people older than 70 and 32 percent of those over the age of 50 have a type of spinal deformity known as degenerative spondylolisthesis. Without treatment, this condition gets worse over time.
Spinal deformities at any stage of life affect your body’s normal functionality. These deformities can drastically limit your daily life. If you suspect you or a loved one has a spinal problem, visit the specialist at NU-Spine: The Minimally Invasive Advanced Spine Surgery Center, in Edison, New Jersey. Dr. Branko Skovrlj, the founder of NU-Spine, is a neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal treatments.
What Types of Spinal Deformities Are Common?
Your spine is structurally balanced in a classic S-curve to provide maximum flexibility while supporting your upper body weight. When the vertebral column is abnormally aligned or curved, you may have degenerative spondylolisthesis if you’re older or scoliosis if you’re younger. Scoliosis is characterized by a sideways deformity. The types of scoliosis include:
Infantile scoliosis, which appears in children no older than three years old
Juvenile scoliosis, which strikes children in the 3-to-10-year-old age group
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, which is highly prevalent in 10- to 17-year-old youngsters
Adult degenerative scoliosis, which affects older adults due to wear and tear of the spine or complications from past surgeries
Another type of spinal deformity occurs when your spine acquires an exaggerated curve. This condition, called kyphosis, can occur in your upper spine, your mid-back or your lower back. Kyphosis creates a humpback appearance, which not only limits your flexibility, but alters your appearance.
Your spinal column has 24 bones, called vertebrae, held in place by ligaments and other connective tissue. Between each vertebra is an intervertebral disc that acts as a shock absorber, while providing your spine with its flexibility. When viewed from the back or front, a healthy spinal structure appears straight. From the side, though, it has three gentle curves:
The top of your spine, in your neck, is called the cervical spine. A slight forward curvature, known as lordosis, is normal.
In your middle back, your thoracic spine gently rounds out at your chest and then slopes in, forward again, at your waist.
Your lower back is the lumbar spine. Its natural curve, again called the lordosis, curves out to the backward below your waist.
These curves work harmoniously to help maintain your balance. If these curves differ from the normal gentle S-shape, as viewed from the side, you have some type of spinal deformity.
The first step in your journey toward a pain-free life is through NU-Spine in Edison, NJ. Contact the practice today to schedule your appointment. Tel.: (732) 640-8203
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