What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine. Naturally, the spine has a minor curve to it. People with scoliosis have a spine that curves too much and forms in the shape of a “C” or “S”. Most of the time, the causes of scoliosis are unknown. This is called idiopathic scoliosis and is the most common type. It is also grouped by age and most often affects females and generally gets worse during a growth spurt. Some symptoms of scoliosis can include: backache or low-back pain, tired feeling in the spine after sitting or standing for a long time, uneven hips or shoulders, or when your spine curves more to one side. Complications of scoliosis can include: breathing problems, low back pain, lower self-esteem, persistent pain if there is wear and tear of the spine bones, spinal infection after surgery. Your health care provider will perform a physical exam to determine if you have a case of scoliosis. You will be asked to bend forward to make it easier for your spine to be visible. It may be hard to see changes in the early stages of scoliosis so X-rays of the spine may be necessary. Other tests may include Spinal curve measurement (scoliometer screening) or an MRI of the spine. Treatment will depend on many things: the cause of scoliosis, where the curve is in your spine, how big the curve is, and if your body is still growing. Most people with idiopathic scoliosis do not need treatment, however you will be checked by a doctor about every six months. Your doctor will recommend a back brace for people who are still growing which will help to prevent further curving in people age 10 and older. In some cases, surgery is needed. Scoliosis surgery involves correcting the curve as much as possible during which spine bones are held in place by one or two metal rods, which are held down with hooks and screws until the bone heals and fuse together. Surgery may be done with a cut through the back, abdominal area, or beneath the ribs. After surgery you may need to wear a brace for a little while to keep the spine still. Scoliosis treatment may also include emotional support and physical therapy. It may also limit your range of motion and require the spinal bones above or below the fusion to overwork itself and that may result in more surgery. But there is an alternative in new cutting-edge laser technology. At Orange County Laser Spine and Disc our treatments are %100 non-invasive and we may treat scoliosis using our decompression while using our powerful laser along with other methods to naturally straighten the spine without any surgery or medications.

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