The following describes the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis. For specific information regarding your health and treatment options, please contact your Hurley physician or medical professional.
Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. If left untreated, it can lead to arthritis in the back.
Scoliosis is sometimes caused by birth defects or disease, but most commonly the cause is not known. It can be hereditary and often runs in families. Scoliosis is often diagnosed in late childhood and is more common in girls than boys.
Common symptoms of scoliosis include:
- Sideways curvature of the spine in an S or C shape
- Tilted pelvis
- Uneven shoulders or hips
Your Hurley physician will conduct a complete physical exam and order x-rays to confirm the diagnosis and its severity.
Mild cases of scoliosis simply require monitoring to ensure it does not get worse. Moderate scoliosis typically requires a brace to slow the progression of the spinal curve; however, this will not cure it. Severe scoliosis will require surgery to correct. The surgical procedure involves fusing vertebrae together to straighten the spine. Your Hurley physician can make a treatment recommendation based on your particular case.