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Dr. Maziar Badii

MD, FRCP Rheumatologist Vancouver, BC
Dr. Maziar Badii, MD, FRCP, Rheumatologist, discusses Why is a Diagnosis of Scoliosis Important?

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Dr. Maziar Badii is a leading expert in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of spinal disorders including inflammatory disorders of the neck and back, mechanical neck and back pain, whiplash associated disorders, sciatica, spinal stenosis, discogenic pain, facet syndrome, vertebral compression fractures, and cancer-related musculoskeletal syndromes.

Dr. Badii completed medical school, internal medicine, and rheumatology training at UBC. He obtained a Masters in Health Care and Epidemiology, with emphasis on spinal research, injury prevention, disability prevention, and early return to work. He also undertook additional spinal training at the Combined Neurosurgical Orthopedic Spine Program at Vancouver General Hospital.

Dr. Badii has practiced rheumatology and spine medicine at the Vancouver General Hospital for over a decade and is an Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Dr. Badii is a past recipient of The Arthritis Society of Canada’s Fellowship Award given out to promising young rheumatologists and has received a Clinician Investigator Award from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has been a Research Scientist at The Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and was the Director of Injury and Disability Prevention at the Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare (OHSAH) in BC. He is also a Past-President of the Northwest Rheumatism Society.

In his spare time, Dr. Badii enjoys golf, music, singing, and is a patron of the Vancouver Opera. He is a staunch supporter of animal rights and frequently supports causes that relate to the safety and well-being of animals.

( Dr. Maziar Badii, Rheumatologist, Vancouver, BC ) is in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Physiotherapy Now Now Health Network

Why is a Diagnosis of Scoliosis Important?

It’s important to have scoliosis diagnosed.

It’s in two settings. For adolescents, it’s important to have it diagnosed because if it’s the ones that progress and the ones that you can prevent through simple treatments, either with bracing or in more rare cases, orthopedic surgery, it can have a profound impact later on in life, in both cosmetic appearance of that person, and also in terms of function, heart or lung ability to expand, participation in sports.

If the curvature is so much that it’s putting pressure on nerves and causing weakness or neurological symptoms, in arms or legs, these, in those cases that need to be treated, can be prevented by diagnosis and follow-up.

In the case of the adult onset scoliosis, it’s important because it could potentially be a serious condition, be it a tumor or a mass or a neurological problem that has brought this on.

And so if it’s not diagnosed, it could even be potentially life threatening or put a patient at risk of serious injury or long-lasting effect. So even though scoliosis is extremely common, even though the vast, vast majority, with proper diagnosis by an expert, don’t need any treatment, don’t need any investigation, there are ones that do need investigation, and do need specific treatment in the right setting, so it’s important to see someone who is specializing or comfortable with treating this condition.

If you think you have a scoliosis, either because you’ve seen asymmetry of your posture yourself, or of someone has commented that you may have an abnormal curve in your spine, see your family physician. They can examine you and answer your questions.

You might visit a rheumatologist for information on what is, conditions, side effects, symptoms and treatments related to scoliosis diagnosis, spinal disorders and genetic conditions in adults and children.

Presenter: Dr. Maziar Badii, Rheumatologist, Vancouver, BC

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