An experienced neurosurgeon, Mark Kabins, MD, leads an expert team of physicians and support personnel at Las Vegas Neurosurgery Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation. Throughout his career, he has conducted comprehensive research initiatives seeking new treatments for disorders of the spine. Dr. Mark Kabins maintains affiliations with the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Board of Spine Surgery, and the American College of Spine Surgery.
Defined as an abnormal curvature of the spine, scoliosis represents a marked deformity of the backbone. Most cases of scoliosis present no clues about an identifiable reason for the disorder; doctors considered such manifestations of the condition, which can affect children of all ages, to be idiopathic. Girls tend to be more likely to develop scoliosis, which often becomes more severe during spurts of rapid growth.
Other forms of the disease include congenital scoliosis, which occurs when a baby’s spine or ribs form improperly. Some people with nervous system disorders, such as polio, muscular dystrophy, and cerebral palsy, develop neuromuscular scoliosis. Most people who have scoliosis experience no symptoms, but some patients feel back pain and fatigue. Such symptoms as uneven shoulders or hips indicate scoliosis and often prompt further tests. Depending on the cause of the disease and its severity, treatment ranges from back braces to surgery and sometimes requires ongoing physical therapy.