While most cases of scoliosis — curvature of the spine — don’t require treatment, they do require regular monitoring to ensure that your curvature isn’t getting worse. If you have scoliosis, schedule a visit with Sunshine State Medical Inc. in Orlando, Florida. Their team of medical experts can make sure that your spine stays healthy. You can book your visit by calling the office or using the convenient online tool.
Scoliosis is a condition where a section of your spine curves sideways. It typically develops just before puberty, when you have a large growth spurt.
Besides a curved spine, some of the signs of scoliosis include:
Scoliosis affects about 3% of adolescents, with most cases being mild and not requiring significant treatment. Some instances of scoliosis, however, can be severe and have debilitating effects.
Up to 80% of scoliosis cases are idiopathic, which means that their cause is unclear. Heredity might be involved since the condition tends to run in families.
When scoliosis does have a clear cause, it can be divided into two categories: structural and nonstructural.
Nonstructural scoliosis is when the spine looks curved but functions normally otherwise. It’s typically caused by a separate but related condition like:
Once the condition causing the nonstructural scoliosis is treated, scoliosis itself tends to disappear.
Structural scoliosis causes a curved spine that is rigid and can’t be easily straightened. Some of the causes of structural scoliosis include:
The doctors at Sunshine State Medical Inc. can assess your condition and medical history to help you determine what’s causing your scoliosis.
Most cases of scoliosis are mild enough that they don’t cause any particularly harmful effects and don’t require treatment, but in some cases, problems can develop. Some of the complications associated with scoliosis include:
If your scoliosis is severe enough, it can sometimes cause your rib cage to press up against your heart and lungs, making it more difficult to pump blood and breath properly.
Severe scoliosis can lead to chronic back pain as you get older.
Scoliosis can begin to affect your appearance if it progresses far enough, leaving your hips and shoulders to look uneven and making your rib cage more prominent.
Scoliosis is typically treated with either a back brace or surgery.
A brace is effective for scoliosis patients who are still growing. The brace won’t reverse any of the spine’s curvature, but it will stop the curve from getting worse. Back braces nearly invisible underneath your clothes, and don’t interfere with daily activities for the most part.
Your brace is more effective the more often you wear it, but you can occasionally take it off to participate in activities if need be.
Surgical treatment of scoliosis is typically done with a spinal fusion. In a spinal fusion, your surgeon corrects your curvature by fusing two or more of your spinal vertebrae together, effectively restricting their movement.
To learn more about what Sunshine State Medical Inc. can do for your scoliosis, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.