Scoliosis is a medical disorder that causes an abnormal curvature of the spine. Patients with this condition develop curves in either a "c" or "s" shape to either side of the spine causing the bones to twist. Scoliosis most commonly affects people over the age of ten although it can be seen in younger children. It is also twice as common in girls than it is in boys.
Many people do not notice that they have this disorder for years as the abnormal curve of the spine typically takes place over a slow period of time. It can cause clothes to fit incorrectly, may cause one hip or shoulder to be higher than the other or may cause the head to appear off center. While scoliosis typically is not as painful as it is uncomfortable it can cause the lungs and heart to function incorrectly making it difficult to breathe and cause chest pain.
Once a thorough physical exam is complete doctors typically order imaging tests such as an MRI, CT scan or x-ray to confirm the diagnosis. As with most disorders, cases range from moderate to severe and treatment is provided accordingly. Some patients benefit from regular check-ups and physical therapy while others require surgery. Each patient is different and requires and individualized treatment plan tailored to fit their specific needs. Here at AOK Spine and Pain our fellowship trained spine specialists know just what to do to make sure that the quality of your life reaches it′s maximum potential. Our physicians are involved in your care every step of the way and make it a priority to educate you about your condition.