Brian M. Scholl, M.D.

Biography

Dr. Scholl is a member of The Orthopaedic Center Spine Team. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He received his training at Emory University, University of Alabama Birmingham and Campbell Clinic. He is a published author and has written two textbook chapters regarding spine surgery.

He is interested in technology and its application to patient care, has founded two medical software companies and will be integrating robotic spine surgery into the care of his complex surgical patients soon.

Dr. Scholl treats cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal disorders ranging from simple pinched nerves to complex conditions like scoliosis. He customizes treatment for each individual's specific problem to maximize your satisfaction, outcome and value. Treatments can range from medication, to therapy, to interventional treatments (epidural blocks / facet blocks), to pain management, to surgery, depending on your condition.

Memberships

  • NASS (North American Spine Society)
  • AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)

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Conditions Dr. Scholl Treats :


Scoliosis (Idiopathic / Degenerative / Congenital)

  • Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine from side to side
  • It can develop as an adolescent (Idiopathic), as an adult because of disc degeneration or arthritis (Degenerative), or it can be a birth defect (Congenital)
  • Bracing, although effective in the adolescent, is rarely effective in the adult.
  • Treatment consists of medications (for pain), therapy (to strengthen the muscles), or surgery

Flatback / Revision Surgery / Failed Spine Surgery

  • Complex spinal problems as a result of failed surgery, adjacent level disease, fractures, or hardware failure require complex solutions.
  • Most patients have failed extensive medication, therapy and pain management and remain debilitated.
  • Surgical techniques like Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy or Vertebral Column Resection can result in a substantial improvement in a person’s function, and substantially reduce their pain

Kyphosis / Scheuermann’s

  • Kyphosis is a forward curvature of the spine (like a hump) that can be caused by age, degenerative arthritis, or a condition called Scheuermann’s.
  • As an adult, treatment is similar to the treatment of scoliosis.
  • Kyphosis can be debilitating because it makes it difficult to walk upright.

Disc Herniations

  • Disc herniations come in all shapes and sizes (pinched nerve, slipped or ruptured disc, sciatica)
  • They may affect the Cervical, Thoracic, or Lumbar spine.
  • Some can be debilitatingly painful and cause paralysis.
  • Some can cause pain / tingling that is temporary, and resolves with simple treatment such as medications or physical therapy.
  • Surgical treatment might include Artificial Disc Replacement, Minimally Invasive Decompression or Fusion (if you have herniated your disc several times).

Stenosis

  • Stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal most commonly caused by arthritic bone spurs, swollen ligaments and disc bulges/collapse.
  • It can cause leg or arm pain, any many people have difficulty walking long distances.
  • Commonly, can be treated with medications, therapy and injections
  • Occasionally, surgery is required and typically includes Decompression [Laminectomy]

Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Commonly causes problems as people age
  • Commonly causes neck and back pain
  • Occasionally causes arm or leg pain from a pinched nerve (radiculopathy)
  • Most people can be successfully treated with medication, therapy or interventional treatments.
  • Sometime it will require surgery, which includes Artificial Disc Replacement or Fusion.

Spondylolisthesis

  • Spondylolisthesis is a forward / backward / sideways slippage of one vertebra on another vertebra.
  • Commonly causes neck and back pain
  • Commonly causes arm or leg pain from a pinched nerve (radiculopathy)
  • Commonly causes difficulty walking long distances, or gait imbalance.
  • The majority of people can be successfully treated with medication, therapy or interventional treatments.
  • Sometimes it will require surgery, which includes Artificial Disc Replacement or, more commonly Fusion.

Sacro-Iliac Syndrome

  • SI Syndrome is a painful condition that results from disruption or degeneration of the sacroiliac joint.
  • Commonly causes back, hip or leg pain
  • May mimic leg pain from a pinched nerve (radiculopathy)
  • The majority of people can be successfully treated with medication, therapy or interventional treatments.
  • Sometimes it will require a fusion with the iFuse system

Fractures

  • Whether traumatic or from thin bone (osteoporotic), a significant number will require surgery.
  • Surgery can include Fusion or Kyphoplasty
  • Sometimes a brace is all you need, but each person’s fracture is unique.


Publications

CT/Myleogram Instructions

Post-Op Instructions

Pre-Op Instructions

Epidural Steroid Injection Information

Clinical Team

  • Greg Washburn, PA-C
  • Kristi Boyd, LPN
  • Christina Jones, Medical Secretary
  • Brittney Ross, X-ray/MA

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