Scoliosis- Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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  • Scoliosis is a disorder that causes vertebrae in the spine to twist on each other and develop additional curves.
  • This spinal deformity is hereditary and is about two times more likely in girls than boys.
  • Dr. Arun Kandra and Dr. Laszlo Szollas of Premier Spine and Pain Management discuss the causes, symptoms and treatments associated with scoliosis.

According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), scoliosis affects approximately 5 to 7 million people in the United States. Additionally, more than half a million doctors visits each year are dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of scoliosis. As a result, Dr. Arun Kandra and Dr. Laszlo Szollas of Premier Spine and Pain Management feel it is necessary to go over the causes, symptoms and treatment options for scoliosis.

Causes

The ACA reports more than 80% of scoliosis cases have unknown causes. Apart from idiopathic (of unknown cause) scoliosis cases, there are factors that could contribute to the development of the deformity, some of which include: trauma, tumors, postural problems, muscle spasms or a neurological disease. You doctor will perform a thorough physical examination and family history analysis to determine the possible cause of your scoliosis.

Symptoms

Scoliosis can have a major impact on your overall quality of life and wellbeing because the condition often causes the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Reduced lung function
  • Low self-esteem

Most cases have curves less than 20 degrees, so the deformity is usually difficult to detect for the untrained eye. Nevertheless, it’s imperative individuals see their spine specialist about any pain they may be feeling or if they have a family history of the condition.

Treatment

Most scoliosis cases are also fairly mild and do not require much treatment. Regardless, Dr. Arun Kandra and Dr. Laszlo Szollas of Premier Spine and Pain Management may recommend careful observation and bracing for children who have not reached skeletal maturity. If curves are greater than 45 degrees, surgery may be required to correct the condition. Talk to your Premier Spine and Pain Management about suggested treatment options for your particular scoliosis symptoms. To learn more about spinal scoliosis, please visit our “Conditions” page.

Premier Spine and Pain Management’s pain management doctors are double board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management and are dedicated to the treatment of chronic pain symptoms for patients in Easton, Pennsylvania, Phillipsburg, New Jersey, Clifton, New Jersey and the surrounding areas. For more information or to make an appointment, call 610-438-5071, 908-454-5338, or 973-779-7246.
 
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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