Scoliosis is a complex disorder in which the spine forms an unusual curve, often in a somewhat “S” shape or a “C” shape. It can occur in both children and adults, but it is usually discovered in childhood.
Classic scoliosis characteristics and symptoms include the following:
- Curved spine
- Uneven shoulders, hips, and/or waist
- Back pain
Scoliosis can apparently develop due to a congenital condition, neuromuscular condition, or injury. If scoliosis is left untreated by a skilled spine doctor, the problem can impose debilitating pain and potential interference with your normal movements.
Nonsurgical Treatments for Scoliosis
Your spine doctor may suggest noninvasive or minimally invasive treatment methods to alleviate pain and prevent the curvature from progressing. These treatments may include:
In physical therapy for scoliosis, you will be given a set of exercises and stretches that are specially designed to help you elongate and de-rotate your spine while also fixing your posture. If you perform the exercises correctly and regularly, they can help you to return your spine back to a more natural position.
Back braces are usually more effective in treating scoliosis in children than in adults because the bodies of children and very young adults are still developing. A back brace is usually not used anymore once a child stops growing; however, in adults, it can provide pain relief by supporting your spine.
Back braces are usually made of strong plastic and are fitted to match your body. Ideally, they should not be visible under your clothes when worn. You may experience some restricted movement while wearing one.
Spinal Fusion Surgery to Treat Scoliosis
If your scoliosis is particularly severe and your spine has a deep and debilitating curve, you may need to have back surgery.
Spinal fusion is the most common and effective type of surgery to address severe cases of scoliosis. In this operation, your doctor will connect (fuse) adjacent vertebrae in order to straighten the spine. Spinal fusion surgery can greatly reduce and may completely eliminate your back pain.
Scoliosis Treatment in Rochester Hills, Michigan
There are multiple treatment options for scoliosis, depending on the severity of the case. If you have scoliosis, your back should be medically monitored and treated as early as possible in order to prevent further damage to your spine – and to enable you to live the life you want, free from pain and restricted movement.
Here at Ahlgren Spine, our own Dr. Bradley Ahlgren is committed to diagnosing and treating back and spinal disorders, including scoliosis. We treat everything from minor and intermittent back pain to debilitating spinal conditions, and we provide both noninvasive and invasive treatment options.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ahlgren, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (248) 215-8080 or by filling out our easy-to-use appointment request form online. We look forward to serving you!