Advanced Spine and Pain Centers
Orthopedic Specialists & Pain Management Specialists located in Stafford, VA & Fairfax, VA
Living with a spinal deformity like scoliosis may reduce your quality of life and make it difficult to participate in the activities you enjoy. At Advanced Spine and Pain Center, with offices throughout Fairfax County, VA, Stafford, VA & the Greater Baltimore, MD Area, the experienced medical team offers effective treatments to reduce the pain of scoliosis and help you regain your mobile independence. Schedule a consultation online today and learn more about the available solutions for scoliosis.
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a condition that causes a curvature of the spinal column. As a result of this curvature, your nerves become compressed, and you may experience chronic, intense pain.
There are no specific causes identified for scoliosis. In most cases, scoliosis develops before puberty. The condition may also be related to other medical conditions, including muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy.
What are the symptoms of scoliosis?
Common signs of scoliosis are visible and identified in children experiencing a growth spurt before entering puberty. If you have uneven shoulder blades or hips, it may indicate scoliosis. As the curvature worsens, your spine may begin to twist inward.
In addition to limitations in mobility, you may also suffer from breathing difficulties if the spinal curvature reduces the space in your chest that makes it difficult for your lungs to work properly. You may also experience damage to your lungs or heart due to the increased pressure from your ribs.
What are the risk factors for scoliosis?
Pre-pubescent boys and girls are equally at risk for developing mild scoliosis, but girls have a higher risk of developing a significant spinal curvature that requires treatment.
You may be at greater risk for developing scoliosis if family members have the condition, but in many cases, there is no known history of scoliosis.
What treatments are available for scoliosis?
At Advanced Spine and Pain Center, the experienced medical team’s primary objective in treating scoliosis involves:
- Reducing pain
- Restoring balance
- Straightening the spine
- Improving quality of life
Your doctor may recommend that you wear a supportive back brace to correct mild scoliosis. Based on your needs, they create a comprehensive plan that includes what kind of brace is most useful for your treatment and how frequently you need to wear the brace to achieve the best results.
For severe curvature, your doctor may recommend surgery. During the procedure, your surgeon makes several small incisions and inserts metallic implants along the spine to realign your vertebrae and provide stability to your spinal column.
The procedure requires a short recovery period, and you should experience immediate and long-term relief from your intense pain.
To learn more about your options for correcting scoliosis, book your appointment online today.
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