As with most spinal conditions, scoliosis – a disease involving curvature of the spine – can manifest as both a minor annoyance or a major condition. For those in the latter category, the spinal abnormality can cause extreme discomfort, severe pain, limited mobility or complete disability.
The bad news: Left untreated, anyone with scoliosis can progress to the point of severity, impacting your life in major ways. The good news: With proper care and attention to the disease from the point of diagnosis onward, you can avoid this unpleasant outcome and up your chances of a long and healthy life.
If you or a loved one has scoliosis, therefore, it’s important to make time for therapy and treatment options today. Read on to learn more.
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. The result is that, instead of the head positioned directly above the pelvis, the spine curves back and forth and causes uneven bodily structure, misaligning shoulders, neck, head placement and more.
In most cases, scoliosis looks somewhat like a snake winding up the back sideways. While this lateral curve is more common, scoliosis can also go front to back, with the spine protruding out of either the chest or the back of the afflicted individual.
Scoliosis is a poorly understood disease. While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, but the cause of most scoliosis is unknown. The symptoms include:
Scoliosis is a relatively common disease, affecting between 2 and 3 percent of the population, says the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). While it can onset as early as toddlerhood, it is most commonly first diagnosed at 10-15 years of age. There are many different Spine and back conditions that we treat at Coastal Neurosurgery & Spine. Scoliosis Treatment is provided here along many different others.
Females are eight times more likely to progress to a curve magnitude that requires treatment, the association continues. Every year, scoliosis patients make more than 600,000 visits to private physician offices, an estimated 30,000 children are fitted with a brace and 38,000 patients undergo spinal fusion surgery.
Scoliosis is most often diagnosed in childhood. As a congenital disorder, it is typically recognized very early, which is lucky in terms of treatment. That’s not to say that all individuals receive scoliosis treatment in childhood, however. Some do not, while others do but still need it in adulthood. No matter what your scoliosis story is, it’s important to continue care throughout life to prevent symptoms from getting worse.
Scoliosis treatment, fortunately, is very common – as indicated by AANS. That means doctors have a deep familiarity with these treatments, making them both available and safe. When a physician prescribes a course of scoliosis treatment, they will first start at the least invasive forms of care, then progress to more invasive ones. These include:
While scoliosis surgery may sound dire, it’s a relatively common procedure that has good outcomes. Spinal fusion surgery, as it is called, involves attaching vertebrae to one another to straighten them out. Surgeons do this through the use of rods, screws and bone grafts. Spine Fusion Surgery is one of our Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Procedures.
Spinal surgery is considered a major surgery and requires general anesthesia. The post-surgery recovery time is around 6 weeks, during which the patient must move little or not at all. After that, the patient can begin rehabilitating through movement, exercise and physical therapy.
Our goal is to improve and maintain your overall health by empowering you with an understanding of your condition and wellness plan. We know there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all cure, so we never use a one-size-fits-all approach to your diagnosis.
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