Scoliosis is a big word.

You may or may not be familiar with what it is.

To get more insight into exactly what it is, we turned to Frank Acosta, Jr. MD from the USC Spine Center of Keck Medicine of USC. This is what he told us:

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine takes on an S-shaped curve.

Sometimes, it happens in adolescence. Other times, it happens later on in life.

Often times, scoliosis shows no symptoms. However, it can result in chronic back or leg pain.

There are two ways to treat this:

• The initial treatment for pain is conservative treatment including medications, physical therapy and injections
• If conservative treatment fails, surgery is often recommended

How does Keck Medicine of USC treat scoliosis?

At the USC Spine Center of Keck Medicine of USC, we use a team approach. This allows us to come up with the most minimally invasive and effective treatment method for each individual patient.

What is an example of how you handle scoliosis?

One of the most powerful treatment techniques we utilize is when a small incision is made in the side of a patient and a straight plastic spacer is inserted into the disc space in between two of the vertebrate.

After screws are placed through small incisions on the patient’s back, the scoliosis curve is corrected.

This procedure requires a short hospital stay and rehabilitation; the patient is often able to return to normal function in as little as six weeks.

Want to learn more? Watch a few of the videos here.

Feel that you may have some spinal issues?

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