On Monday, June 18, we held a very special Facebook Live event. Dr. Peter Angevine of The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York participated in a question-and-answer session all about scoliosis. Drop by our Facebook page to see the video and learn what scoliosis is and how neurosurgeons treat it as an adult. Dr. Angevine answered many questions during the talk—likely some of yours were answered, too!
Scoliosis is a side-to-side curvature of the spine. While that may sound simple, scoliosis can happen at any point in the spine, with different degrees of severity. A case of scoliosis might mean a slight curve that causes no symptoms and needs no treatment, or perhaps some physical therapy. It could also mean a pronounced curve that needs bracing or surgery to keep the bones from pressing on the lungs or other organs. It could even be caused by degeneration of the spine, in which the bones of the spine press against the delicate nerves in the spinal cord, causing debilitating pain and numbness.
Dr. Peter Angevine is uniquely suited to treat—and answer questions about—all forms of adult scoliosis. He has a background in both neurosurgery and orthopedic spinal surgery, making him one of the few surgeons who is an expert in both the structure of the spine and the nerves that run through the spinal column. His goal as a surgeon is to help patients have healthy, functioning spines, including both bones and nerves.
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