While most cases of scoliosis are mild, others can lead to severe spinal deformities that can cause equally severe pain. At Space City Pain Specialists in Webster, Baytown, and Lake Jackson, Texas, the experienced pain management providers offer numerous therapies to reduce your symptoms and ease your discomfort. If you have scoliosis, call Space City Pain Specialists or book an appointment online today.
Scoliosis is a spinal disorder that occurs when your backbone develops a sideways S- or C-shaped curve instead of being healthy and straight.
This condition often develops without a known cause. While anyone of any age can have scoliosis, it’s most common in young people between 10 years old into their early teens, just before puberty. This form of scoliosis is also more common in girls than boys and is called idiopathic scoliosis.
In some cases, scoliosis occurs when a normally healthy spine curves because of muscle spasms, appendicitis, or differences in leg length. Additional causes of scoliosis include:
Your risk of developing scoliosis may be higher if you have a close relative with the condition.
Scoliosis is a progressive condition that builds gradually. The most obvious symptoms of scoliosis include:
Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but spinal deformities can worsen with age and even become disabling. When left untreated, the curve in your spine can also begin to twist or rotate and even affect your heart and lung function.
Scoliosis therapies vary depending on the severity of your spinal curve. For mild cases that don’t worsen, your doctor might suggest physical therapy or corrective exercises to improve your muscle tone and support your spinal health.
When you have a moderate curvature to your spine, your doctor might suggest a back brace to prevent your condition from worsening. You wear this custom device for extended periods of time based on your unique situation. This approach doesn’t cure or reverse your scoliosis and is no longer effective when your spine stops growing.
In severe scoliosis cases, your pain management specialist might suggest spinal surgery. During this procedure, your doctor typically fuses bones in your spine together or implants a metal rod — or other device — to straighten your spine. If your spine is still growing, your doctor adjusts the implanted device with your spine’s growth.
For more information on scoliosis therapies, call Space City Pain Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.