Early Onset Idiopathic Scoliosis Treatment in Connecticut
Idiopathic scoliosis which is diagnosed before age 10 is categorized as an early onset manifestation of the condition. “Idiopathic” means “of unknown cause or origin”.
The name of the condition includes other early childhood varieties, namely congenital scoliosis (from birth) and infantile scoliosis (in infants and toddlers under age 3).
Boys are affected by early onset idiopathic scoliosis more often than girls. The condition is also associated with anomalies impeding neuromuscular function like tumor, muscular pathologies and cerebral palsy. Chest deformities are strong indicators of early onset idiopathic scoliosis.
While the condition usually doesn’t cause children afflicted with it any pain, there is a deforming aspect which changes physical appearance and, if not treated, can lead to pain and difficulty with internal organs.
But there’s reason to be hopeful. Early onset idiopathic scoliosis treatment in Connecticut at Scoliosis & Spine offers children world-class, award-winning care.
Especially for early onset idiopathic scoliosis, Scoliosis & Spine takes a conservative approach, favoring non-invasive therapies.
Observation is the basis of our methodology. The progression of the scoliosis curve is observed every 3 to 4 months, employing imaging diagnostics. Rapid progression indicates the addition of corrective therapeutic responses. Also, curves which are 30-35 degrees are likely to progress quickly and to the point at which surgery is needed.
For slowing curvature progression, bracing is an effective treatment when the brace is worn as prescribed. It is not, however, effective for the treatment of congenital or neuromuscular scoliosis.
Casting is a proven therapy which corrects the curve over time, with the cast being replaced as the child grows and treatment advances.
When Surgery Is Needed
Serious, rapidly progressing scoliosis curvatures in children may have grave implications for the development of the cardiovascular system, usually demanding surgery.
Surgical responses for early onset idiopathic scoliosis are a long game, involving regular monitoring and good relationships between parents and surgeons. As the child grows, surgical solutions are specific, allowing childhood growth to continue uninterrupted with the regular intervention and monitoring of the surgeon.
When you come to Scoliosis & Spine to have your child evaluated, you’re taking a proactive step toward successful scoliosis management and a better future for your child.
We’re scoliosis experts with a focus on children. Our personalized early onset idiopathic scoliosis treatment in New Jersey offers hope because it gets ahead of the curve.
Dr. Lonner is a leading, widely-acclaimed authority in the field of orthopaedics. Attending spine surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Lonner’s work is internationally recognized.
Dr Lonner has helped hundreds of adults and children tackle scoliosis with confidence. Working with patients and their families, his care is centered on bold solutions which meet family needs.
His ongoing role in research efforts which explore new surgical answers to scoliosis, has recently been honored with the Andrew Swanson Spine Award.
Early onset idiopathic scoliosis treatment in Connecticut offers children with the condition hope and the support of highly-skilled, caring professionals. Contact us to schedule a consultation.