Dr. Mark Kabins: Treatment Corrects Many Cases of Scoliosis, Prevents Further Problems

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.

Updating an Old Treatment for Scoliosis in Young Children

Mark Kabins, MD, is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Spine Surgery and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He serves on the advisory board of the prestigious academic journal Spine. Dr. Mark Kabins has more than 20 years of experience caring for people with back pain and spinal injuries.

A doctor in Rochester, New York, is working with young children who have been born with or have developed acute scoliosis. Dr. Jim Sanders hopes to bring new life to an old treatment method for the disease that causes severe curvature of the spine. While in some cases the spinal deformity does not threaten the lives and livelihoods of patients, in infants it is a serious problem that can even lead to death. With the spine bent out of its normal alignment, pressure on the chest cavity makes it difficult for the lungs to function properly.

Sanders’ method can help to correct the curvature and in some cases make it possible for children to avoid surgery. Forming a plaster cast around the child’s midsection, between the shoulders and the hips, allows for the simple pressure of the cast to help guide the developing spine along a straighter course. Every two months, the child will return and a new cast will be formed. The procedure offers families a minimally invasive path in place of more dangerous, costly, and scarring operations.