RaKerry Rahman

Chief, Adult Deformity Service at RaKerry Rahman

About RaKerry Rahman

A Cervical Spine and Scoliosis surgeon, RaKerry Rahman, MD, brings a considerable measure of education and training to his post at Springfield Clinic in Springfield. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, where he graduated with honors in 2005. While there, Dr. RaKerry Rahman took first place in medical research competitions and won scholarships and awards, including the Process of Discovery Award.

Between 2005 and 2011, Dr. Ra’Kerry Rahman completed his postdoctoral training at New York Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University and at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He studied specialized cervical spine techniques under the guidance of Dr. Dan Riew and deepened his understanding of spine deformity under Keith Bridwell, MD and Lawrence Lenke, MD. After being in practice for two years, Dr. Rahman returned to Washington University for a Complex Adult & Pediatric Spinal Deformity Apprenticeship to refine his techniques for the most challenging spine cases requiring difficult and high-risk osteotomy procedures.

In the course of his training, RaKerry Rahman, MD, took time away from his studies to participate in a spinal surgery mission. The mission to Ghana to which he contributed, organized by the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS), took place in 2008. He is board-certified and a member of Scoliosis Research Society, AAOS, and ISIS. 

Causes and Symptoms of Cervical DDD

An accomplished spinal surgeon based in Cleveland, Ohio, RaKerry Rahman, MD, is a clinical assistant professor of spinal surgery and a cervical spine and scoliosis surgeon with Springfield Clinic, LLC. Dr. RaKerry Rahman specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cervical degenerative disc disease (DDD).

Defined as the gradual breakdown of the discs between the vertebrae, cervical DDD often occurs when tissue and cartilage in the discs suffer small tears. When the disc wall sustains damage, it begins to dry out and lose many of its cushioning properties. In some cases, the nucleus of the discs can collapse under the weight of the spine.

Because cervical DDD tends to result in pinched nerves and bone spurs, symptoms commonly include a stiff neck and neck pain that radiates to the shoulders, arms, and hands. In some patients with cervical DDD, pain only occurs upon rotation of the head to one side.

An Overview of Neuromuscular Scoliosis

A successful spine surgeon with many years of experience in the state of Illinois, RaKerry Rahman, MD, currently practices with the Springfield Clinic. Dr. Ra’Kerry Rahman possesses a wealth of experience with spinal conditions such as neuromuscular scoliosis.

Neuromuscular scoliosis refers to an irregular curvature of the spine, typically caused by abnormalities in the muscle-nerve pathways in the body. Neuromuscular scoliosis features a considerably more frequent curve progression than idiopathic scoliosis, and bracing often has little effect on curve progression. Young patients with the disorder may or may not be able to walk. Patients generally become dependent on a wheelchair by the time they reach adolescence.

While non-operative measures can alleviate small curvature in the spine, patients with large curvatures often require surgical stabilization. During both surgical and non-surgical treatment, specialists from fields such as nutrition, neurology, pulmonology, and gastroenterology must work together to address common issues related to scoliosis.

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