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A Few Words About Scoliosis and DNS

The vast majority of adults with spinal deformity can be properly treated with periodic observation, over the counter pain relievers and exercise.

At Dallas Neurosurgical & Spine, we treat all forms of adult scoliosis. In fact, three years ago, we created a third “Center of Excellence” within our practice called the DNS Scoliosis Center.

Nearly all scoliosis and spinal deformity specialists are trained in either orthopedics or neurosurgery. However, both Dr. Jeremy Denning and Dr. Jason Taub have achieved the rare distinction of being dual fellowship trained in both specialties.

This advanced degree of diagnostic and surgical training, as well as their synergistic teamwork approach is found in no other place in North Texas. Drs. Denning and Taub regularly consult with each other to review treatment options and assist each other in surgeries that result from more complex cases.

Diagnosis and Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with scoliosis, the first thing we’d like to do is put your mind at ease.

The vast majority of adults with spinal deformity can be properly treated with periodic observation, over the counter pain relievers and exercise. A regular routine of exercise can strengthen the core muscles of the abdomen and back to improve flexibility. For some patients, various forms of bracing can serve as an excellent first treatment.

In every case, we consider surgery to be an option only after all reasonable non-surgical measures have been considered.

For those patients who can benefit from surgery, it is important to know that scoliosis surgical techniques have advanced significantly in recent years. Minimally invasive procedures, innovations in surgical instruments and stabilizing products have proven remarkably effective – lessening pain, scarring and recovery times.

The notion of “that wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought” is a common sentiment among our patients after surgery. The apprehension that many associate with scoliosis surgery is largely an echo of older technologies and techniques.

Our Perspective
Our dual training and experience have given us an important insight: the most effective treatment often comes from treating the cause of the symptoms and not by forcing perfect spinal realignment.

Stiffness, lower back pain and disabling back pain are the most common symptoms of the scoliosis patients we treat. Numbness, cramping and shooting pain in the legs are also reported. While our patients include adults of all ages, we hear from many patients in their sixties, seventies and eighties, reporting symptoms of pain and functional limitations.

Some people adjust their posture to lessen their pain but this often results in placing greater strain on lower back and leg muscles, which then magnify daily fatigue. Over time, these patients experience a gradual loss of function and decreasing interest in participating in the activities of everyday life.

The good news is that, many times, these symptoms are the result of disc degeneration and the narrowing of the openings needed for the spinal sac and spinal nerves. This means that a micro discectomy or minimally invasive decompression may be all that is necessary to significantly reduce their pain and discomfort.

Of course, we also treat patients that can benefit from spinal stability and realignment. Both Drs. Denning and Taub bring years of experience using the latest advances in fusing and stabilizing instruments and techniques.

Make an Appointment
If you’re currently suffering from discomfort or the debilitating pain of scoliosis, we urge you to take the first step toward regaining control of your life.

Making an appointment is easy and convenient – we have offices located in both Dallas and Grapevine.

Before your first appointment, we’ll ask to gather your available film history and relevant medical records. If you have questions, just call and we’ll tell you just what we need.

Be assured that both Drs. Denning and Taub will take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. The care and attention you receive from us will be tailored to your medical and lifestyle needs. Once a diagnosis is formed, they will explain their recommendation to achieve the best possible outcome and answer any questions you might have.

Take the first step toward making a difference in your life that you can enjoy now and for years to come. In Dallas, call 214-750-3646, or in the Grapevine/Southlake area, call 817-765-6400.

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