Spinal Deformity Specialist

Lindsey Ross, MD -  - Neurosurgeon

Lindsey Ross, MD

Neurosurgeon & Fellowship Trained Spine Surgeon located in Los Angeles, CA

Contrary to popular belief, spinal deformities aren’t always present since birth or early childhood. Due to degenerative diseases, wear-and-tear, and infections, you might develop a spinal deformity later in life. At the offices of neurosurgeon Lindsey Ross, MD, in the West Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles and Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California, you can explore treatments to relieve pain and immobility resulting from a spinal deformity. For more information on spinal deformity treatments and surgeries, book an appointment by phone or online today.

Spinal Deformity Q & A

What is a spinal deformity?

A spinal deformity is an abnormal curvature in your spine that occurs naturally. A normal spine appears straight from the back and in a shallow S-shaped curve from the side. If the shape of your spine deviates from this typical appearance, you may have a spinal deformity.

Some spinal deformities cause little or no difficulty for the people who have them. However, other spinal deformities cause difficult symptoms and complications, including:

  • Pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Pulmonary complications
  • Cardiac complications

The abnormal curvature of a spinal deformity can also limit your mobility and make it harder for you to maintain your balance. This is because spinal deformities throw off the harmony of a perfectly aligned spine and all the structures attached to it. 

What are some common types of spinal deformity?

There are a few types of spinal deformity that can affect you at various stages of life. Spinal deformities aren’t always present from birth and can develop over time due to age-related degeneration, tumors or infections, and other conditions and complications. 

Dr. Ross treats the following common types of spinal deformity and others:


Scoliosis is a common spinal deformity resulting in abnormal curves that you can discern while viewing or feeling your spine from the back. It is most likely to affect the middle portion of your spine.


Kyphosis is a spinal deformity resulting in a rounded hump on your back. It happens when the forward curvature of your spine is too pronounced.


Spondylolisthesis is a spinal deformity that occurs when one of your vertebrae slips out of place, putting pressure on the disc and the vertebrae below it. 

How are spinal deformities treated?

It’s up to you and Dr. Ross to decide whether or not to treat your spinal deformity. If your spinal deformity doesn’t cause any symptoms or difficulties in your life, you might choose to go without treatment for it. If you choose to undergo treatment, Dr. Ross provides individualized specialty care. She begins with nonoperative treatments and may recommend surgery later on. 

Your spinal deformity treatment might involve:

Physical therapy

Physical therapy can help improve your flexibility and strength if you have a spinal deformity. 


Dr. Ross might recommend wearing a custom rigid, semi-rigid, or flexible brace to improve your spinal alignment. You might need to wear your brace at all times or only at night.

Pain medications

Pain medications can help you manage the discomfort that often comes with a spinal deformity. 


No two spinal alignment surgeries are exactly alike. Dr. Ross plans surgery to realign your spine and optimize the positioning of the structures in your back. She might use hardware like screws or rods to stabilize your spine or various surgical decompression techniques to remove pressure from your spinal cord or nerves. She often uses robotic techniques to minimize your recovery time.

Book your consultation by phone or online with Lindsey Ross, MD, today, for expert spinal deformity treatment.