Scoliosis is a spine deformity that causes a hump or twisting of the spine that can be seen from your front or back. Jose E. Rodriguez-Cordova, MD, FACS, and the team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders in Houston specialize in spinal deformities like scoliosis and offers treatment for both children and adults to reduce the severity of the deformity as well as the risk of further complications. For a scoliosis evaluation and treatment plan, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Scoliosis is a spinal deformity that causes your spine to grow irregularly, developing into an S- or C-shaped curve. It most often develops during the late childhood or early teen growth spurt, and occurs more often in girls than boys. You may be more likely to develop scoliosis if it runs in your family.
Certain medical conditions, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, also increases your risk of developing scoliosis.
Children and young teens undergo scoliosis screenings either at their pediatrician’s office or at school. If there is a concern about the shape of your child’s spine, the experts at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders can examine their spine and determine a diagnosis. They may also recommend an X-ray during a scoliosis exam to confirm a diagnosis and determine the severity of the deformity.
Signs and symptoms that may indicate scoliosis include:
Over time your spine may twist, causing the ribs on one side of your body to stick out or sit higher than the other side.
Treatment for scoliosis at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders depends on your age and the severity of your scoliosis.
For children and teens with mild scoliosis, the team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders may recommend regular monitoring of their spine and schedule follow-up visits every four to six months. In moderate cases of scoliosis, they recommend bracing to help slow down or stop the progression of the deformity. Your child wears the brace day and night continuously until growth stops.
In severe cases of scoliosis, the team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders may recommend a spinal fusion. During this procedure, the bones in the spine are fused together to stop the curving of the spine.
In adults, scoliosis may be pre-existing or the deformity may occur as a result of injury or arthritis. The team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders attempt to treat adult scoliosis without surgery. But if the deformity is severe or affecting your nerve health, spinal fusion may be necessary.
Without treatment, scoliosis may worsen and affect your appearance or the health of your heart and lungs due to the changes it can cause to your rib cage.
For expert management of your spine issues, including care for scoliosis, call Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders or schedule an appointment online today.