• What Causes Scoliosis?

    Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves in an S shape. For some patients, scoliosis is mild and causes few, if any, symptoms. Other patients struggle with back pain and deformities that require treatment. There are several different types of scoliosis, each with its own cause. Continue reading to find out more about the different types and their causes.

    Spinal Scoliosis at Spine Institute of Nevada

    Idiopathic Scoliosis

    Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common form of the condition, and as the name suggests, the cause is unknown. However, while doctors have not identified a clear cause for this type of the disease, there are clues that it could be genetic in nature, as it usually runs in families. Idiopathic scoliosis is usually diagnosed during adolescence during a pediatric screening. In some cases, parents may notice the signs of idiopathic scoliosis, such as one shoulder or hip appearing higher than the other. Diagnosing idiopathic scoliosis early makes treatment easier. When it becomes advanced, spine surgery may be needed.

    Degenerative Scoliosis

    This type of scoliosis is most commonly seen in adults. It can occur after a major back surgery or as the result of an illness or injury. People with osteoporosis are especially vulnerable to degenerative scoliosis. Pain is minimal in some patients, but it can become intense. When the back pain is severe, spine surgery, such as l umbar fusion , may provide relief.

    Neuromuscular Scoliosis

    Neuromuscular scoliosis often occurs in people with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, or other conditions that affect the muscles or nerves. Bracing and other non-invasive treatments are less likely to be effective for this type of scoliosis. Treatment may include surgery and the use of a wheelchair to improve mobility.

    At the Spine Institute of Nevada, our spine surgeon provides expert care to scoliosis sufferers of all ages. Visit our spine doctor near Las Vegas to learn about your treatment options, including minimally invasive spine surgery . To make an appointment, contact us at (702) 479-7417.

  • Anatomy of the Thoracic Spine

    The thoracic spine is located in the middle of your back. Because it attaches to your ribs and doesn’t move as much as your cervical or lumbar spine, the thoracic spine is less likely to be the source of back problems. However, some patients do need spine surgery for problems that originate in the thoracic spine. Learn more about this part of your spine in this video.

    The thoracic spine consists of 12 vertebrae and is attached to the ribs by the costal facets. The thoracic spine can develop an extreme curve called kyphosis that may require spine surgery.

    If you need thoracic surgery in Las Vegas, choose the Spine Institute of Nevada . We provide minimally invasive surgery for a range of spine issues, including spinal deformities like kyphosis. Schedule a consultation by calling (702) 479-7417.

  • Meet Dr. Archie C. Perry

    Dr. Archie C. Perry is the founder of the Spine Institute of Nevada. A native of Las Vegas, Dr. Perry attended Bishop Gorman High School and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he also received his medical degree. After completing his orthopedic surgical training at the Mayo Clinic, where he was named the top resident, and an orthopedic fellowship at the Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis, Dr. Perry returned to Las Vegas to provide adult and pediatric spine care.

    Dr. Perry specializes in treating degenerative spinal conditions and deformities and is one of the few spine doctors providing minimally invasive surgery in the state. When he is not practicing, Dr. Perry is a clinical instructor of surgery at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and adjunct clinical faculty at Touro University School of Medicine.

    If you’re suffering from back problems, call the Spine Institute of Nevada to schedule an appointment with Dr. Perry . Our practice treats a number of spinal issues, including scoliosis and compression fractures. Contact us at (702) 479-7417 to make an appointment.