Early Onset Idiopathic Scoliosis Treatment in New Jersey
Idiopathic scoliosis occurring before the age of 10 years is considered an early onset manifestation of the condition. There is no known cause for it.
The name of the condition encompasses congenital scoliosis (from birth) and infantile scoliosis (children under 3).
This type of scoliosis tends to affect boys more often than it does girls and is associated with conditions which impede neuromuscular function, like tumor, muscular diseases and cerebral palsy. Deformities of the chest are a hallmark of early onset idiopathic scoliosis.
While the condition normally doesn’t cause the children afflicted with it any pain, there is a serious deforming aspect which affects the appearance and, if left unchecked, can lead to pain and stress on internal organs.
But there’s hope. Early onset idiopathic scoliosis treatment in New Jersey at Scoliosis & Spine offers children superior care.
How It’s Treated
Particularly for early onset idiopathic scoliosis, Scoliosis & Spine takes a three-pronged approach, preferring non-invasive techniques whenever possible.
Observation is the cornerstone of our approach. The progression of the scoliosis curvature is closely observed every 3 to 4 months. Rapid progression indicates the addition of corrective therapeutic measures. Also, curvatures presenting at 30-35 degrees are more likely to progress rapidly and to the point at which surgery is required.
Bracing is effective for slowing curve progression, when the device is worn as prescribed. It is not, however, effective in the treatment of congenital or neuromuscular scoliosis.
Casting is a highly effective therapy which corrects the curvature over time, with the cast being replaced as the child grows and treatment progresses.
When It’s Time for Surgery
Acute scoliosis curvatures in children which develop rapidly may affect the development of the cardiovascular system. In cases like these, surgery is often recommended.
All surgical solutions for early onset idiopathic scoliosis are a long-term project, requiring close monitoring and teamwork between parents and surgeons. As the child grows, surgical solutions are designed to allow this process to continue unhindered, with the intervention and monitoring of the surgeon attending.
When you come to Scoliosis & Spine for an evaluation and examination, you’re laying the groundwork for successful management of the condition and a better future for your child.
We’re scoliosis specialists with a focus on children with the condition. At Scoliosis & Spine, early onset idiopathic scoliosis treatment in New Jersey offers hope for a pain-free future. We get ahead of the curve.
Dr. Lonner is a leading expert in the field of orthopaedics. Attending spine surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Lonner’s work is internationally renowned.
His award-winning work has helped so many adults and children meet the challenge of scoliosis. Working with patients and families, his care is centered on matching solutions to family needs.
His research efforts, exploring and developing new surgical responses to scoliosis treatment, have recently been honored with the Andrew Swanson Spine Award.
Early onset idiopathic scoliosis treatment in New Jersey offers children with this difficult condition hope and the support of professionals who care. Contact us.