Scoliosis, an abnormal spinal curvature, is a back problem affecting approximately two percent of the American population. The symptoms vary widely, depending on the type of scoliosis and the degree of the spinal curve. The Spine Center provides individualized treatment for our Chicago area patients. In many cases, scoliosis can be managed without surgery. When surgical intervention is indicated, we use advanced, minimally invasive techniques.
WHO IS AT RISK FOR SCOLIOSIS?
Scoliosis is not common among the general population, but it is strongly influenced by genetic factors. If scoliosis runs in your family, it is advisable to have your spine examined by a specialist. Similarly, parents are encouraged to have their children checked if scoliosis is known to be present on either side of the family.
- Childhood scoliosis is most common, and it usually goes undetected. Children rarely experience painful symptoms unless the spinal curve is straining or compressing organs, joints, or muscles. Parents may notice visible signs, such as uneven shoulders or an inability to stand straight.
- In some cases, scoliosis does not develop until adulthood. Often, it is not actually a new problem, but rather a deterioration of mild, undetected scoliosis that began in childhood. If it continues to progress without treatment, it can cause pain, deformity, limited mobility, and even breathing problems or organ damage.
When detected early, especially during childhood, scoliosis can usually be managed with nonsurgical techniques such as braces and therapy. However, severe scoliosis may require surgery to correct or prevent deformity, severe pain, and other effects. Spinal fusion is commonly used in scoliosis treatment, because it stabilizes the back, provides support, and protects nerves from compression.
If you think you may have scoliosis, or if you have been diagnosed and you are seeking minimally invasive treatments, call The Spine Center at (847) 628-8147 for a consultation.