Curvature of the Spine
Scoliosis Treatment Centers
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with scoliosis, you will want to start working with a spine expert as soon as possible to ensure you are not at risk of serious complications and to correct the spine’s shape, if possible. Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that can lead to developmental problems, back pain, and organ damage. There are several types of scoliosis deformities and they can strike at any age, but it is most common in children over age 10 and adults over 55.
At this time, there is no cure for scoliosis, but treating the condition early can mitigate the deformity and prevent more serious symptoms from developing. Dr. Robert S. Biscup is a world-renown spinal surgeon with over 30 years of experience. He has treated numerous patients with scoliosis, helping them regain their posture and confidence.
To arrange your appointment at Biscup Spine, contact us today or call (800) 533-7313.
What You Need to Know About Scoliosis
Scoliosis usually does not cause symptoms other than a deformity. It does not always require treatment, but many people choose to undergo intervention to correct their posture. Although scoliosis does not always cause serious complications, it is important to have the condition diagnosed and checked periodically to ensure your spine does not degrade beyond expectations.
Treatment for scoliosis depends on the cause and location of the spine curvature, how big the curve is, and whether or not the body is still growing.
Scoliosis treatment overview:
- Back braces – Wearing a back brace can prevent the spine from curving further. This treatment works best on children over age 10, but it is not effective on patients who were born with scoliosis or when the condition is caused by a neurological disorder (neuromuscular scoliosis). Patients who choose this treatment only need to wear back braces until their spine stops growing.
- Spinal fusion – This surgery can be the best treatment for severe or rapidly working cases of scoliosis in order to correct the curve as much as possible. In this procedure, the spine is held in place with metal rods until the bones heal and fuse together.
- Microdecompression surgery – Scoliosis that gets progressively worse over time, called degenerative scoliosis, can cause spinal stenosis. When this happens, the complications be treated with microdecompression surgery, which removes inflammatory tissue and relieves pressure exerted on the nerves.
Many patients with scoliosis are also advised to undergo physical therapy to strengthen their spine and learn how to use a back brace. Counseling and emotional support services are sometimes recommended for children who feel embarrassed about wearing back braces.
Call (800) 533-7313 to schedule a meeting at Biscup Spine. Our patients have a say in what treatment they choose!