You may or may not be familiar with the condition, scoliosis.

We turned to Frank Acosta, Jr. MD from the USC Spine Center of Keck Medicine of USC to explain more about this spinal condition with 3 million new cases in the U.S. every year. He said:


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. 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. One of the most powerful treatment techniques we utilize is a minimally invasive approach in which  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.

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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.

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