Scoliosis and Kyphosis
Scoliosis is defined as a lateral (side) curvature of the spine that may occur in children or adults; a related condition, kyphosis, is a (usually convex) curvature of the spine that causes hunchback and other degrees of spinal distress depending upon the degree of the curve and location on the spine. There are many types of these disorders (e.g., lordosis), as well as both non-surgical and surgical treatment for the pain and other adverse effects of the conditions.
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Condition: Scoliosis & Kyphosis, Video Testimonials
I just needed to express my gratitude to Dr. Antonacci and his staff for changing my life!
I never expected to hear from anyone after filling out the questionnaire on his website, back in March 2012, and when I did the next day, I was excited and scared! The pain I had for the last 10 years had become unbearable! At 47 years old, I could not walk the mall without sitting down to relieve the pain. I had been diagnosed with scoliosis in 5th grade. Unfortunately, I went through a body cast, lifts in my shoe and the dreaded brace…in high school! At the age of 18, I was done with it all.
Flash forward and here I am with two athletic sons and a great husband. I cannot keep up because of the pain, although I tried! I did the Google search for scoliosis surgeons and Dr. Antonacci was the first one to come up. I live in Central PA and wasn’t sure if my husband would be up to the travel. He was, and I scheduled my first appointment!
I had to get the current x-ray before I saw him and I was so surprised at how they looked! After seeing Dr. Antonacci and him telling me my curve was at 58 degrees things went quickly! My surgery was scheduled with the importance of being able to make my son’s first football game of the year in Kentucky!
I met all the important “other people” in his crew… Joel, Dr. Cuddihy, and Allison along with Chris and Michele! Needless to say, there is not one more important than the other! (Although, I thought Joel would have his number changed post surgery when I was at home!)
I just have to say, my life has changed for the best! I can now walk long distances without the nagging pain and sleep well at night! My clothes fit great, with no un-evenness, and my hips are straight! I also got rid of the hump that had formed on my left side due to the curve.
I will be heading back to see Dr. Antonacci in May for my one year appointment, and hopefully he will be as happy as I am!!
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart!!
Beth L – 49 – March 2013
Scoliosis may cause back pain, abnormal gait, uneven hips and different leg lengths for adolescents, and even more severe symptoms when found in adults. More information about Scoliosis and Kyphosis, specifically Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Degenerative Scoliosis, and Kyphosis, may be found on their respective pages.
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is a lateral (side) curvature of the spine that can occur in children aged 10 to maturity. The spine may curve to the left or right. Sometimes AIS starts at puberty or during an adolescent growth spurt. Definitions, symptoms, pain management and treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis are discussed below. Idiopathic [read more]
Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, is a condition many people associate only with adolescents – but adult scoliosis is defined as abnormal curvature of the spine in a patient over the age of 18 and is classified as adult degenerative (de novo) scoliosis. Definitions, symptoms, pain management and treatment of Degenerative Scoliosis are discussed [read more]
Kyphosis, a particular type of spinal disorder, is a curving of the spine that causes a bowing or rounding of the back, which leads to a hunchback or slouching posture. Types of kyphosis (e.g., lordosis), pain management and other treatment for kyphosis may be found below. Defining Kyphosis When looked at from the side (i.e., [read more]