Scoliosis Facts and Treatment Options


file4671234819876We have all heard about scoliosis and maybe even gotten screened as a child in gym class, but do you really know what it is?

Scoliosis is a disorder that causes abnormal curving of the spine.  Although the cause is unknown, it may run in families.  This disorder affects approximately 2 percent of people and is about two times more common in girls than in boys.

Development of scoliosis may not be noticed if there is no pain, but usually happens before puberty. 80 percent of people diagnosed with scoliosis have idiopathic scoliosis, meaning the cause of the disorder is unknown.  However, it is possible for it to be caused by degenerative discs, osteoporosis, birth defects, muscular dystrophy or even benign tumors.

Warning signs of scoliosis include uneven shoulder blades, noticeable curvature of the spine, protrusion of the shoulder blade, or uneven hip or waist elevation.  If any warning signs begin to appear, it is important to seek help from a physician.

For some people scoliosis is not painful, however some types can be painful and cause back pain, limit movement, cause shortness of breath and chest pain.

Treatment of scoliosis will depend on the curvature and severity of the disorder and should be discussed with a physician.  Sometimes no treatment is needed.  Other times an orthopedic brace can be used.  Spinal fusion surgery may be needed in some instances to straighten the spine.

If you have more questions about scoliosis or feel you need to be evaluated by a physician, give our office a call at (770) 421-1420.



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