If you are looking for the best orthopedic specialist in 10604 to treat your spine conditions, there is only one doctor to see. Dr. Andrew Casden is a respected board-certified orthopedist experienced in both traditional and minimally-invasive spinal surgery. His holistic approach takes each patient’s lifestyle and expectations into consideration, and his approach focuses on offering the most sensible treatment options. Named a Top Doctor by US News and one of New York’s Best Doctors by New York Magazine, Dr. Casden treats both children and adults. His services include minimally invasive spinal surgery, disc replacement, revision spinal surgery, spinal fusion, scoliosis and kyphosis, and treatment of degenerative spinal diseases.
Kyphosis is a deformity of the spine in which the normal contours of the spine (when viewed from the side) are exaggerated. Commonly referred to as “sway back” or thought to be poor posture by parents looking at their children, kyphosis can be very mild to quite severe. Kyphosis usually occurs in the thoracic spine and can be seen in teenagers and adults. In teenagers the cause is thought to be due to a growth disturbance in the vertebrae and occurs without pain. In older adults, kyphosis is often due to painful compression deformities of the vertebrae themselves, osteoporosis, cancer, or other spinal conditions. To confirm the diagnosis, the orthopedic specialist in 10604 will take an x-ray to observe the curve and measure it. In some cases an MRI may be needed and adults may require a CT scan.
The treatment of kyphosis in teenagers is usually observation (or in more severe cases, a brace). If the curve progresses and the deformity becomes severe, the orthopedic specialist in 10604 may suggest surgery. The surgery results in improvement of the curve and a more cosmetic appearance to the spine. It also relieves the pressure on spinal nerves and internal organs. In adults, treatment is usually non-operative with therapy and medications, although surgery may be necessary in some cases. Some patients benefit from wearing supportive back braces or doing specific exercises to stretch hypertonic (tight) muscles. To get an appropriate diagnosis and treatment for your kyphosis, give us a call today.