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    Types of Spine Curvature Disorders

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    What types of surgery are used to treat spine curvature disorders?

    The following procedures may be used to treat spine curvature disorders:

    • Spinal instrumentation. Instruments such as hooks, rods, and wire are attached to the spine to realign the bones of the spine and keep them secure following spinal fusion.
    • Artificial disc replacement. Degenerated discs in the spine are replaced with artificial devices.
    • Kyphoplasty. A balloon is inserted inside the spine to straighten and stabilize the affected area and relieve pain.

    How do I know if I have a spine curvature disorder?

    Your doctor can diagnose a spine curvature disorder by taking a medical and family history, examining the curve of your spine during a physical examination, and using imaging tests, like X-rays, to look more closely at the spine. X-rays can show if there are any abnormalities to the bones of the spine and can also measure how much curve is present.

    If you or a loved one's back appears to have an abnormal curve to it, beyond just poor posture, see your doctor so that you can be evaluated and treated.

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    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on November 24, 2014
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