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Understanding Pediatric Scoliosis

At Cantor Spine Institute, we are proud to have Dr. Jahangir “John” Asghar as part of the team helping patients with conditions such as pediatric scoliosis. Doctor Asghar brings more than a decade of scoliosis experience to Cantor Spine Institute. He obtained his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in 2001. In 2007, he was hired as an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa, Florida where he used his expertise to assist with spinal care for patients dealing with spinal deformities such as scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and various spine-based conditions. Asghar also spent time working at Miami’s Children’s Hospital.

Is your child’s posture becoming a problem or have you noticed a spinal curve that looks like a C or S shape? Your child may have scoliosis, which has a tendency of becoming more pronounced when a child reaches the adolescent stage.

The symptoms of scoliosis are not universal, potentially affecting each child differently. Some children may experience noticeable symptoms such as uneven shoulders or the head not appearing centered with the rest of the body yet another child may not show any scoliosis symptoms. Scoliosis may also cause pain in various parts of the body such as the hips, back, and legs, for example. Girls, in particular, have a greater susceptibility of developing severe spinal curves that may worsen if the condition is left untreated.

This update is brought to you by the Cantor Spine Institute, a minimally invasive spine surgery center located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We utilize groundbreaking ultrasonic spine surgery techniques to treat a number of cervical and lumbar spine conditions including cervical disc herniation, ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament, spondylolisthesis, and more. For more information or to schedule a complimentary MRI review, please call 954-567-1332.

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