Straightening Spines, Shortening Recoveries

April 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Scoliosis -- or a curvature of the spine -- is typically a condition we associate with teenagers, but there are more than 800,000 adults living with the problem. Severe cases cause chronic back pain and force people to hunch over. Traditional surgery is a major undertaking, often including days in intensive care. Surgeons are taking a new approach by making a grueling surgery a little easier on the patient.