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This content was provided by Dr. DeWald We see a lot of teenagers have scoliosis. And I operate on teenagers. And I also brace teenagers to correct the scoliosis. Maybe I'm not as hip as I think I am, but I seem to be able to relate and understand how they feel, and make both the parents and the kids feel comfortable. And it's very important talk to the kids - look at them right in the eye and talk to them - not just talk to the parents. We also see adults - either adults who had a curve in their spine when they were kids or they develop it just from degeneration. We don't always have to operate, in fact, we prefer not to have to. If we find a patient that has a condition that can be treated properly non-operatively, whether that's through physical therapy or medication or just time alone, that's obviously the ideal. We're in this business to take care of patients, not just to be a surgeon.
Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Arthritis of the Elbow
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Chronic Neck Pain
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Degenerative Disc Disease
Difficulty With Walking
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Spine Fracture
Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
Pathological Spine Fracture
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
Thoracic Spine Fracture
Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
Herniated Disc Surgery
Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
Trigger Point Injection
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Illinois.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
Rush Medical College, Rush University, Chicago, IL
Medical School | Graduated 1987
General Surgery University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics Chicago, IL
Internship Hospital | Completed 1988
Orthopaedic Surgery University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics Chicago, IL
Residency Hospital | Completed 1992
Rush University Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1993
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
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