In adults, the development of abnormal spinal curves is typically the result of natural, age-related degeneration of the bones and discs that make up the spine. Scoliosis is a condition characterized by side-to-side curves in the spine, and kyphosis is a natural curve of the middle part of the spine that becomes problematic when more pronounced.
Specialists at NYU Langone use advanced imaging techniques to determine the exact degree of abnormal curvature, monitor its progression, and determine whether changes in the spine’s shape affect any nearby nerves or organs. Our doctors understand that a structural change in the shape of the spine may have a profound impact on your ability to participate in everyday activities. By collaborating with specialists in orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery, and rehabilitation medicine, NYU Langone spine experts offer comprehensive care of your spine, nerves, and muscles to help you manage pain and remain active.
NYU Langone doctors also diagnose and treat scoliosis in children.
Many adults with scoliosis or kyphosis find that exercise or physical therapy is an effective treatment option, combined with medication for pain relief as needed. If scoliosis or kyphosis is so severe that chronic pain limits your ability to move, or if your doctors determine that severe spinal curvature is putting your health at risk, our experienced orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons can offer procedures to straighten and stabilize the spine.
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