Joseph Peck, MD
Pain Management Physician located in South Bay Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, CA
As a top-rated pain management doctor in Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach, CA, serving patients from throughout the South Bay Los Angeles area, Dr. Peck has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis, helping to relieve the day-to-day pain that can make normal activities painful and unpleasant. His goal is to have patients enjoy an improved quality of life.
Scoliosis Q & A
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine to curve, either forward or from side to side. Sometimes, scoliosis can cause the spine to rotate on its axis, causing deformation in several planes. Scoliosis can range from very mild to severe, and it often requires close monitoring, especially in growing children, to ensure it doesn't become worse.
Does everyone with scoliosis need to wear a brace?
No, only people with severe forms of the disease or disease that is rapidly progressing will need to wear a brace. Many people have milder forms of scoliosis that do not require bracing.
What are the symptoms of scoliosis?
The types of symptoms caused by scoliosis can vary based on the severity of the condition. The most common symptoms associated with mild to moderate scoliosis are back and neck pain. People with severe forms of scoliosis may experience problems with the lungs and heart as the chest cavity is bent out of its normal shape. Sometimes, people with even mild forms of disease can develop herniated discs due to unequal pressures and strains in the muscles supporting the spine.
What causes scoliosis?
Some types of scoliosis can be caused by birth defects, diseases, trauma, surgery or inherited conditions that affect spinal growth and development. However, most cases of scoliosis have no known cause.
How is scoliosis treated?
In mild to moderate cases, treatment revolves around regular exams to ensure the condition doesn't progress, combined with care aimed at relieving painful symptoms. Treatments can include oral medications to manage pain, epidural injections to relieve pain and inflammation in strained muscles, and physical therapy to help strengthen the muscles that support the spine. Treatment recommendations will be made following an in-depth evaluation of your condition to ensure the best possible results.
We take most PPO Insurance plans and Medicare, but we do not take Medi-Cal. Please contact us and we will let you know if we accept your type of medical insurance plan.
Words from our patients
"Dr. Peck is fantastic. I've got a chronic back issue and he listens well, treats me like a person and provides options, treatments, and suggestions with sympathy."
"Dr. Peck is a great doctor. He listens and I don't fill rushed by him at all. This is a nice and clean office and would recommend it to anyone."
"Accurate and professional, his pain treatment and rehab expertise is outstanding."
"Very professional and personable. He really cares about his patients and it shows in his work."