Scoliosis is a diagnosis referring to the lateral curvature of the spine seen most often in the thoracic or lumbar region. The lateral curvature can be accompanied by a rotational abnormality. A diagnosis can be idiopathic, secondary to a congenital deformity, secondary to pain, or secondary to degeneration.

Scoliosis can be either static (structural) or dynamic (non-structural).

Ruptured or Herniated Disk

Let’s discuss the anatomy of the spine to learn more about a herniated disk.

The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae, each with a disk in between to act as a cushion or a shock absorber and to prevent the vertebrae from rubbing against each other. The outer layer of a disk is called the annulus which is a tough fibrous tissue that attaches between each vertebra.

Rosemary Finch Conquers Four Back Fusion Surgeries

Rosemary Finch is a patient at our Shelbyville clinic.  While on vacation, Rosemary was walking on the sidewalk and stepped off the curb awkwardly.  This caused her to experience pain in her back which was diagnosed as a herniated or bulging disk.  Unfortunately, this bulging disk ended up rupturing causing her to end up having her third back fusion surgery.