When the spine curves to the left or right more than 10 degrees, it is considered scoliosis. This spine disorder is usually evident in children or adolescents, often becoming worse as the spine grows. Scoliosis can impact the form, function and appearance of the body, and it can also impact mobility and cause health risks. At Caliber Pain™, we offer scoliosis treatment at our state-of-the-art medical facility in the Upper East Side, NYC.
There are three main types of scoliosis: congenital, idiopathic and neuromuscular-related. Congenital scoliosis patients are born with misshapen vertebrae that impact the growth of the spine. Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type of spine curvature, yet the cause is not known. The change in the growth pattern of the spine usually is noticeable around age 10 and can become worse in the teen years. The third type, neuromuscular scoliosis, is related to neuromuscular disorders like cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy where the muscle support is weakened, resulting in curvature of the spine.
Symptoms, Early Detection and Treatment
Scoliosis is not curable, but early detection and treatment can minimize the progression and improve the form and function of the spine. Children should be monitored for symptoms of scoliosis, which can include:
- Shoulders appear different heights
- Head doesn’t look centered
- Arms hang differently when standing straight
- One side of the back looks higher when bending forward
- Ribs look asymmetrical
- Hips appear different heights
These slight differences can help detect the beginning stages of scoliosis. With many cases, physical therapy, external braces and other conservative treatments used in the early stages can help prevent the need for surgery.
If you or your child have signs of scoliosis or have been diagnosed with this disease, come see our spine specialists at Caliber Pain™. We offer scoliosis treatment at our medical clinic in Midtown Manhattan. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and evaluation.