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- Scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine to curve and twist into an unnatural position.
- This condition may begin during adolescence and progress into adulthood, especially if the curve of a patient’s spine is greater than 50 degrees.
- The pain management and spine specialists at American Spine discuss scoliosis treatment options for patients affected by this condition.
Contrary to popular belief, carrying heavy backpacks or practicing poor posture cannot cause scoliosis. In fact, scoliosis is not a condition that can be “caused” by lifestyle choices or environmental factors. This condition is often the result of hereditary factors such as birth defects or neuromuscular conditions. Rarely, scoliosis will be caused by an injury or infection of the spine. Nevertheless, this condition occurs most during a growth spurt just before puberty, which is why it's important children with scoliosis be monitored frequently.
Although most cases of scoliosis are relatively mild, there are instances where this condition can progress and get significantly worse over time. If the condition is allowed to worsen without some type of scoliosis treatment, patients will likely experience disabling symptoms such as back pain, difficulty breathing, and difficulty walking or functioning.
To prevent the risk of complication from scoliosis, your American Spine physician will need to perform a number of tests and physical examinations to ensure the condition is not advancing. A neurological exam to test muscle weakness, numbness, and abnormal reflexes may also be administered by your pain management and spine specialist. After several weeks or months of check-ups, if your condition is getting worse, your doctor may recommend the following scoliosis treatment options:
- Medication or injections to manage pain
- Braces: underarm/low profile brace, Milwaukee brace
- Minimally invasive surgery
Minimally invasive spine surgery, such as a spinal fusion, may be your best option for scoliosis treatment. Spinal fusion helps connect two or more vertebrae together to ensure stability and immobilization of that particular level in the spine. This particular scoliosis treatment option requires general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep throughout the procedure. Some disc material may need to be removed to correct the alignment of the spine. Nevertheless, a bone graft of some kind will be put in its place to keep things intact.
For more information on spinal fusion for scoliosis treatment, please review the procedure on our Treatments page.
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.