Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves sideways. Although it
can appear during adulthood, it's most common in children right before
the onset of puberty. Some cases are mild, while others can lead to disability.
Here is what you need to know about this condition, including how scoliosis
surgery in New Jersey can help.
Causes of Scoliosis
cause of scoliosis is unknown, but there is likely a hereditary component, as having a family
history of the condition raises your risk. In some cases, scoliosis is
associated with another medical condition, such as cerebral palsy, muscular
dystrophy, birth defects, or spinal injuries and infections.
Symptoms of Scoliosis
With scoliosis, the curve of the spine can cause the shoulders and waist
to appear uneven. Additionally, one hip may be higher than the other or
one shoulder blade may seem more prominent. In mild cases, these differences
may be so subtle that you don't notice them initially. As the condition
progresses, other symptoms may occur, such as the ribs on one side sticking
out more than those on the other side. When this happens, chest cavity
space can be restricted and the lungs may be compressed.
Treatment of Scoliosis
Most cases of scoliosis are mild and don't require treatment. When
treatment is needed, the first step is usually a brace that is used to
prevent the curve of the spine from getting worse. Children usually need
to wear a brace until their bones stop growing. In severe cases, spine
surgery may be needed. Spinal fusion surgery is usually the best treatment
Don't allow mild scoliosis to get worse. At the first sign of a problem,
consult with a
spine specialist at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care. You can learn more about
spinal fusion surgery and all of our services by calling (887) 854-8274.