Hemivertebra

Our specialists will diagnose at treat your hemivertebra with the utmost care. We give preference to non-surgical procedures, though will assess if surgery is needed based on your individual case.*

A result of improper fetal development, hemivertebra occurs when a section of vertebra form in a wedge shape. This results in abnormal curvature in the back. If you our your child are experiencing back discomfort and believe it is related to hemivertebra, contact us today.

At the New York Spine Institute, we have several offices in greater New York City, Long Island, White Plains and Newburgh, NY. To see one of our spine specialists, please schedule a consultation with us today.

WHY CHOOSE NEW YORK SPINE INSTITUTE

Quality Care

When it comes to treating back, neck, and spine injuries, look no further than NY Spine. Our doctors are ready to deliver you high quality care, and alleviate your pain .*

Industry Leaders

Patients have come to us for decades because of the experience and knowledge we have acquired over the years of training, with our practice led by medical director Alexandre B. de Moura, M.D., FAAOS.

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We get it-0 describing your symptoms can be uncomfortable. We couldn’t imagine having to do so in another language. That’s why our doctors can help you in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, and Russian. 

Understanding the Causes Of Hemivertebra

Hemivertebra develops due to improper vertebra maturation during the fetal development phase. However, it is unknown what causes this specific irregular fetal development. In mild hemivertebra cases, symptoms do not usually show themselves. In more severe cases, symptoms may become more apparent and debilitating.

When symptoms do show, they include:

  • Spinal pain
  • Irregular spinal curvature
  • Rear limb weakness

Diagnosing Hemivertebra

Hemivertebra often results in scoliosis, which is why an early diagnosis is important. Imaging processes are the main forms of diagnosis, often used in combination in order to locate and magnify the hemivertebra. Imaging also helps rule out alternative deformities.

Diagnostic tests include:

  • X Rays
  • CT Scan
  • MRI

Treatment Options For Hemivertebra

Mild cases of hemivertebra are most often not treated surgically. Instead, the condition is observed and monitored as a patient grows. It has been found that back braces are not an effective countermeasure against hemivertebra.

When found in children ranging from infants to adolescence, surgery is an option. In this surgery, the hemivertebra are removed and the healthy vertebra above and below the problem site are fused together. Once surgery is complete, a brace is worn for a period to enable the fused vertebra to develop properly.

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