What You Need to Know About Scoliosis

There has been a growing need for scoliosis treatment in Los Angeles. This has mainly been due to increased rate of the condition among the young and the old alike across the globe. Scoliosis is a medical condition whereby the spine develops an abnormal deviation. When viewed from the back, the spine of a person suffering from the condition appears curved and misaligned from its normal axis.

At the LA Spine Group, Dr. Sanjay Khurana offers the best scoliosis treatment in Los Angeles. Learn more about the spinal conditions and back issues treated by Dr. Khurana by contacting his office today!

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Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis

Scoliosis has several signs and symptoms. The most common symptom is whereby the head appears to be one side of the pelvis instead of being centrally direct to the pelvis. This abnormality may also be present when one shoulder blade is noted to be highly placed than the other. Another symptom of the condition is where the patient appears to lean towards one side with uneven leg lengths and one hip is higher than the other.

Am I a Candidate for this Spine Condition?

Although it is not an age specific condition, scoliosis is more common in children between the ages of 10 and 12. Additionally, children in their early teen years are very susceptible to idiopathic scoliosis. The likelihood of girls developing the condition is higher than that of boys. It is worth noting that the condition can run in a family line. As such, if a parent or any other member of the family has scoliosis, children in the family should be regularly checked for the condition by a qualified doctor (such as Dr. Sanjay Khurana).

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Treatment for Spinal Curvature

There are several scoliosis treatment options used by Los Angeles Spine Group depending on the severity of the condition. Bracing is used in treating patients whose spinal bending ranges from 25 degrees to about 40 degrees and their bones are still developing and have not less than 2 years to maturity. Bracing not only helps in fixing the bending but also stops the condition from progressing. Surgery is used for patients whose spinal bending is advanced at ranges between 40 degrees and 50 degrees. Some of the curvature in the spine is corrected using metallic implants to consolidate and create rigidity in the curved part of the spine.

Contact an Spinal Deformity Expert Today

If you are suffering from scoliosis or would simply like to learn more about the condition, please contact Dr. Khurana and the spinal experts at the Los Angeles Spine Group today.

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Next, read our blog, Radicular Pain in Beverly Hills.

Radicular Pain in Beverly Hills

Radicular pain, also known as sciatica, is pain that results from an inflamed sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is extremely long, traveling all the way from the lower back to the foot. When this nerve becomes inflamed or compressed at the root, it results in pain that can be felt all along the nerve. Common causes of radicular pain include herniated discs and spinal stenosis. A herniated disc occurs when a vertebral disc ruptures and the inner material spills out, putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, which can also put pressure on the nerve.

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What is Sciatica?

Sciatica can often be managed conservatively, with medications, steroid injections, and physical therapy. If conservative therapies fail to alleviate sciatic pain adequately, a patient may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery. There are a number of minimally invasive surgeries that can be used to effectively treat sciatica, depending on the individual patient’s condition.

At ProMed Spine, Dr. Todd Gravori is the best sciatica doctor in Los Angeles. An expert in diagnosing and treating radicular pain in Beverly Hills, Dr. Gravori is a neurosurgeon and spine surgeon with years of experience, who always puts his patients first. His philosophy is to always start small, with conservative therapies, and only if these fail will he turn to surgery. Dr. Gravori is a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery, and will always choose the least invasive means of surgery over traditional surgeries which may require long hospital stays and painful recovery periods. With minimally invasive surgery, recovery time is cut in half, as is post-operative pain and time spent in the hospital. Depending on the surgery, patients are often able to go home the same day!

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Radicular pain affects many men and women, but there is no reason to let it rule your life. Relief from sciatic pain is a very real possibility when you choose the right surgeon!

To learn more, please visit www.promedspine.com.

Next, read our blog, Botox is an Excellent Solution for Anal Fissures.

Botox is an Excellent Solution for Anal Fissures

You might first treat an anal fissure using over the counter (OTC) topical medicine, but Botox® (botulinum toxin) could be a more helpful “first step” in treatment. The goal in treating anal fissures is stopping pain, preventing it from worsening, and healing the fissure. You would want to consider the most effective and immediate treatment which will end your discomfort, hassle, and worry over the problem.

There are numerous treatment options, many which don’t require the help of a doctor, however, for the best treatment possible, you should see a colorectal specialist. The physicians at the Fissure & Fistula Center of Excellence encourage requests for information about anal fissures because you first need to know something about the problem before you can treat it. With the propert diagnosis, surgeons can provide patients with the best treatment for anal fissures in Los Angeles.

Anal Fissures

How Does Botox Help Anal Fissures?

We’re all familiar with the advantages of Botox® cosmetically as a temporary muscle paralysis for frown lines. When it’s applied in the region of the anus, the chemical temporarily paralizes the sphincter muscle, which controls the opening and closing of the anus. When injected into the sphincter, Botox® acts as a “chemical sphincterotomy,” and the anal fissure will be allowed to heal. The fissure is an inner tear of the anal canal, and immobilizing the sphincter protects the fissure from worsening.

Botox® injections are excellent as a short term remedy for anal fissures and can last from three to six months. For many people, this treatment lasts without the need for further treatment. However, about half of the patients who recieve Botox® might have a recurrence within three years and require a sphincterotomy, which is the surgical option.

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Anal Fissure Treatment in Los Angeles

There are many solutions for anal fissures and the colorectal specialists at the Fissure & Fistula Center consider conservative methods first before surgery. The colorectal surgeons are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of anal fissures and will recommend the best possible treatment.

Next, read our blog, Los Angeles Lakers Guard Kobe Bryant Suffers Rotator Cuff Tear.

Los Angeles Lakers Guard Kobe Bryant Suffers Rotator Cuff Tear

Chances are Kobe Bryant will miss the rest of the season due to a rotator cuff tear in his right shoulder. Already dealing with shoulder issues before the game, Bryant suffered the injury in the third quarter of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans. While he tried to remain optimistic pending the results of further diagnostic tests to assess the extent of the damage, his prospects for remaining on the roster for the rest of the season were not looking positive after an initial MRI scan.

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Dr. Steven Meier, and orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine extensively performs the best orthopedic surgery in Los Angeles. Injuries like Kobe Bryant’s are fairly common amongst professional athletes in basketball, baseball, tennis, swimming, golf, and any sport or activity that utilizes repetitive over head arm motions.

Treatment For Rotator Cuff And Shoulder Injuries

The treatment options for a rotator cuff tear will vary from patient to patient, depending on the severity of the injury. Many injuries are initially treated conservatively, with rest, icing, physical therapy, and the use of anti-inflammatory and pain medication like Advil and Motrin. The shoulder may also be immobilized and put in a sling to prohibit movement and give the injury time to heal on its own.

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In cases where the injury does not respond to conservative treatment over time, an orthopedic surgeon may determine that surgery is the best option. Most surgeons use a minimally invasive surgical procedure known as arthroscopy, which uses smaller incisions and generally has less complications and a faster recovery time for patients over traditional “open” surgery.

Contact an Orthopedic Surgeon Today

If you’re suffering from any sport-related injury, it’s important that you contact an expert orthopedic surgeon today. With proper diagnosis, a doctor can help you receive the treatment that you need.

Learn more by visiting www.mosm.com.

Next, read our blog, How Soon Can I Return to Sports After ACL Tear Surgery?

How Soon Can I Return To Sports After ACL Tear Surgery?

The decision to undergo surgery after an injury can be stressful and overwhelming. Patients often have many questions and concerns about whether surgery is the right choice, and what impact both surgery and the requisite recovery time will have on their lifestyle. Being informed and obtaining an accurate, reliable diagnosis from a reputable specialist is the first step towards a healthy, lasting recovery.

ACL Tear Surgery Los Angeles

Dr. Eric Millstein is an award-winning orthopedic surgeon and regularly performs expert ACL tear surgery in Los Angeles. As the founder of ACL Surgery Los Angeles, Dr. Millstein also offers a one-stop shop of information for anyone interested in learning the facts about ACL injuries and treatment.

What Happens After ACL Tear Surgery?

The ACL is repaired with arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive procedure that typically allows for faster recovery times with minimal complications. As with any surgical procedure, patients will usually have to undergo a period of strength training and physical therapy for several weeks to recondition the knee. The exact length of recovery will vary from patient to patient and depend on the extent of the damage and nature of the tear.

Click here to learn more about the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and how it affects the stability and movement of the knee!

ACL tears, while sometimes common in athletes and physically-active people who partake in certain sports, can affect anyone. They typically result from a forceful jolting or pivoting motion, and are three times more likely to affect women than men.

Each patient is different, but with proper treatment from a competent and capable orthopedic surgeon, many ACL surgery patients can return to their sports and activities of choice once the healing and recovery process has been completed.

To learn more, please visit www.aclsurgeryla.com.

Next, read our blog, The History of Dentistry.

The History of Dentistry

The history of dentistry has come a long way since man started thinking about oral care. Thankfully we have amazing dentists like Dr. Patrick Broome, DMD who provide the best gentle dentistry in Charlotte at the Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, complete with a sedation option and a spa-like amenities.

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Ancient Dentistry

Dental concern goes all the way back to 5000 BC when Sumerians recorded that they believed that tooth worms created holes in their teeth and then buried themselves inside the tooth. Egyptians also referred to tooth diseases and toothache remedies. They even wrote on the tomb of a man named Hesy-Re as being “the greatest of those who deal with teeth.” Hesy-Re is the first person to be referenced as a dental practitioner.

Between 500-300 BC Aristotle and Hippocrates wrote about the eruption of teeth patterns, treating gum disease, using forceps to pull out bad teeth, and using wires to stabilize loose teeth and fractured jaws.

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The Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages dental work was actually done by barbers. They mostly just extracted bad teeth as this was only something they did on the side and not their actual profession. They used forceps as well and didn’t focus on oral care, just pulling teeth.

In 1530 Artzney Buchlein wrote a book called The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth which covered topics such as oral care, tooth extraction, drilling teeth, and even placing gold fillings.

The 18th and 19th Century

It wasn’t until the 18th Century that dentistry became a profession with the Father of Dentistry being the Frenchman Pierre Fauchard. During this time period, porcelain teeth were patented, the dental foot engine was invented, and a dental chair was created which consisted of a wooden chair, an adjustable headrest, and an arm extension to hold the dental tools.

In 1873, Colgate was the first to produce toothpaste in a jar and it wasn’t until 1885 that the first toothbrush was mass produced.

Today

As you can see, dentistry has really changed over history. Oral procedures have become much less painful and dentists focus on preventative care to help you stay healthy. You can also find dentists that provide sedation, TVs, and comfortable chairs. Although many people still fear going to the dentist, we can be reassured that it will be a much better experience than it was in the ancient civilizations.

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Next, read our blog, What are the Advantages of TIF Surgery?

The Best Treatments for Leg Veins

Varicose or spider veins can be a problem for many men and women. They affect women more than men, and have been linked to hereditary conditions, prolonged standing, pregnancy, menopause, and obesity, among other factors. While these veins are generally not dangerous, they can present aesthetic problems as well as cause fatigue and pain in the legs.

Leg Veins San Diego

Leg Veins in San Diego

There are a number of treatment options for varicose and spider veins in the legs, including sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and laser treatments. Which option is right for you will depend on an individual assessment of the number and type of veins to be treated.

Sclerotherapy is most often recommended for spider veins and smaller varicose veins in the legs. It is a highly effective nonsurgical method for eliminating veins using a medication called a sclerosing agent in order to destroy the targeted veins. Phlebectomy is a mildly invasive surgical procedure good for larger varicose veins that can’t be treated with sclerotherapy or lasers. Phlebectomy uses small incisions above the vein which allow them to be removed by a skilled doctor. Finally, laser treatments can be used to erase veins which were left behind by sclerotherapy, but this is usually not necessary. Lasers are more often used to eliminate unwanted veins on the face.

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Cosmetic Laser Dermatology offers all the latest treatments for leg veins in San Diego. The expert dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology are leaders in the field of removing unwanted leg veins. They have the highest level of knowledge about veins and their treatments, and they perform individualized treatments based on a thorough consultation and assessment. Leg veins can range from an annoyance to a serious problem, but no matter what kind or how bad they are, rest assured that there is a treatment option available for you.

Please visit www.clderm.com to learn more.