Your body naturally wants a properly aligned spine.
A healthy spine features a gentle curve that helps you maintain balance and absorb stress. If the spine’s alignment is off, however, the body tries to compensate in ways that can cause pain, discomfort and other chronic conditions.
A frequently seen example of this compensation would be the rotation of the pelvis forward. In this case, the extra stress on muscles and joints can be painful, which can cause the body to try and compensate even more – creating a cycle of unnatural adjustments that rapidly deteriorate your quality of life.
The most common cause of malalignment is the natural aging process, which typically results in the curve of the spin becoming more prominent. Other causes of spinal alignment problems include trauma, tumors, genetic predisposition, certain birth defects and adjacent segment disease.
Is Surgery Necessary?
Only a physician who knows and understands your specific ailments can tell you whether spinal alignment surgery is necessary. Potential treatments include rest, heat, physical therapy and medication. If these treatments do not improve your symptoms, or if there are other conditions present, you need to talk to your physician to discuss the full range of options.
Your best course of action is to talk to a physician to determine what treatment options are right for you. If your spinal malalignment hasn’t responded to non-invasive procedures or where exaggerated curvatures lead to nerve compression, surgical reconstruction may be recommended to relieve pain and prevent ongoing problems.
Dr. Arvind Ahuja will take the time to assess your symptoms at one of his three southeast Wisconsin locations and provide you with the full range of treatments available. The staff at Neurosurgery and Endovascular Associates are hear to help!
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