Scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine to curve either away from the middle or sideways, making it look like an “S” or a “C” rather than a straight line. Some cases are the result of poor muscle control or muscle weakness, traumatic spine or brain injuries, or neurological disorders. Other cases are present at birth and due to problems with spine development. However, the cause of the most common type of scoliosis (idiopathic scoliosis) is not known.
Scoliosis Symptoms and Early Detection
Scoliosis may be a concern if shoulders are uneven, there is a curve in the spine or the pelvis appears to be tilted. Depending on the type of scoliosis, you also may experience fatigue and back pain.
Children are regularly screened for scoliosis in middle and junior high school. These screenings have allowed for early detection and treatment of many scoliosis cases that previously may have gone undetected.
Although most scoliosis is diagnosed in children, it can occur in adults as well. Scoliosis is often unnoticeable in its early stages, so contact a Norton Leatherman Spine Center specialist if you believe you or your child might have scoliosis.
Scoliosis Treatment Options
Fortunately, most scoliosis cases do not need to be treated. Your physician may merely recommend close monitoring of the condition to make sure it does not get worse. If scoliosis treatment is necessary, it is based on the type of scoliosis, the size and location of the curve, and the stage of bone development.
Norton Leatherman Spine Center specialists may recommend:
Bracing - uses pressure to slow curve progression
Spine surgery - only is recommended for those with curves greater than 45 degrees.
See a Spine Care Specialist
For more information about scoliosis treatment, or to make an appointment with a spine specialist, please call (502) 584-7525.
Scoliosis Surgery: Improving More Than Posture
Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, is more common than many think. One in 1,000 people have scoliosis. One in 10,000 will need corrective bracing or surgery. Surgery is needed when the spine has curved to a degree that bracing no longer works.
Get Healthy's Jackie Hays introduces us to a young man with scoliosis whose life has changed for the better following surgery performed by a Norton Leatherman Spine Center surgeon.
The Importance of Screening for Scoliosis
One in 1000 people have scoliosis, curvature of the spine. It’s seven times more common in girls than boys. There is also a genetic link to scoliosis.
Get Healthy’s Jackie Hays talks with orthopedic specialist, John R. Dimar II, M.D. with the Norton Leatherman Spine Center about the importance of early screening.
For more information about the spine or to make an appointment with a spine specialist, call (502) 629-1234.