Scoliosis Specialist

Pawel Jankowski, MD -  - Neurosurgeon

Pawel Jankowski, MD

Neurosurgeon & Spine Specialist located in Irvine, CA & Newport Beach, CA

Scoliosis refers to an abnormal curvature of the spine. The spine curves abnormally to the right or left side and also involves a twisting or rotation of the bones in the spinal column. Scoliosis can occur in children, and most commonly is associated with growth spurts. When scoliosis occurs in adults it typically is due to degenerative processes. Spine fellowship-trained neurosurgeon Pawel Jankowski, MD, in Irvine and Newport Beach, California, specializes in treating patients with scoliosis and spinal deformities. To find out more, call Dr. Jankowski today or book an appointment online.

SPINAL CURVATURES: LORDOSIS, KYPHOSIS, AND SCOLIOSIS

 

The human spine normally curves to aid in stability or balance and to assist in absorbing shock during movement. These gentle curves can be seen from the side or lateral view of the spine. When viewed from the back, the spine should run straight down the middle of the back. 


When there are abnormalities or changes in the natural spinal curvature, these abnormalities are named with the following conditions and include the following symptoms. 

LORDOSIS

 

Some lordosis is normal in the lower portion or, lumbar section, of the human spine. A decreased or exaggerated amount of lordosis that is causing spinal instability is a condition that may affect some patients. 

Symptoms of Lordosis include:

  • Appearance of sway back where the lower back region has a pronounced curve and looks hollow with a pronounced buttock area
  • Difficulty with movement in certain directions
  • Low back pain

 

KYPHOSIS

 

This condition is diagnosed when the patient has a rounded upper back and the spine is bent over or curved more than 50 degrees. 

Symptoms of Kyphosis include:

  • Curved or hunched upper back
  • Patient’s head that leans forward
  • May have upper back pain
  • Experiences upper back discomfort after movement or exercise

 

SCOLIOSIS

 

The most common of the three curvatures. This condition is diagnosed when the spine looks like a “s” or “c” from the back. The spine is not straight up and down but has a curve or two running side-to-side. 

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