Like children, adults can develop spinal disorders. However, the underlying cause of adult spinal disorders may be different. David S. Feldman, MD, is a world-renowned board-certified orthopedic surgeon who stands at the forefront of orthopedic care and takes an individualized approach to the management of adult spinal disorders with a focus on identifying and treating the underlying cause. Patients come from all over the world for his expertise For comprehensive care for your spinal disorder, call Dr. Feldman and his team at The Paley Orthopedic and Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, or book online today.
In children, spinal disorders are most often caused by a spinal deformity. However, adult spinal disorders may develop from many causes, such as:
Adult scoliosis is a spinal deformity that causes a sideways curvature of the spine. Though the deformity may have been present during childhood, adult scoliosis may also be caused by the degenerative changes that occur in your spine as you get older.
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing or compression of the spinal canal resulting in a pinching of the spinal cord and/or nerve root. The spinal disorder may cause pain, numbness, and/or weakness. In severe cases, spinal stenosis may lead to loss of bowel or bladder control.
A herniated disc occurs when a portion of the disc that cushions your vertebrae pushes through the outer barrier and presses up against your spinal nerves. With a herniated disc, you may experience sudden pain in the neck or lower back that may radiate to your arms or legs.
You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come in to see Dr. Feldman for treatment of your spinal disorder. The goal of your evaluation is to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms.
During your evaluation, Dr. Feldman asks detailed questions about your symptoms and medical history, and performs a physical exam. To identify the cause of your spinal disorder, Dr. Feldman may request diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI.
It’s not uncommon for adults to show spinal abnormalities on an X-ray or MRI, such as a herniated disc or arthritis. However, according to Dr. Feldman, the crucial part is to understand which, if any, of these abnormalities is causing your pain.
Dr. Feldman takes a holistic and integrative approach to the treatment of adult spinal disorders. He develops individualized treatment plans that address the underlying cause of your pain to maximize symptom relief and restore function.
Surgical intervention is always the last resort for spinal disorders, with exercises, physical therapy, and injections serving as the first line of treatment. However, if you have acute neurologic deterioration, such as severe weakness or loss of bowel or bladder control, surgery is often urgently needed.
To schedule a consultation with the orthopedic expert for management of your spinal disorder, contact Dr. Feldman’s office by phone or online today.