Early Onset Idiopathic Scoliosis Treatment in New York
Idiopathic scoliosis presenting before age 10 is considered an early onset manifestation of the condition. “Idiopathic” means “of unknown origin or cause”.
The name of the condition extends to include congenital scoliosis (from birth) and infantile scoliosis (in infants/toddlers under 3).
This variety of scoliosis affects boys more often than it does girls and is associated with conditions which impact neuromuscular function like tumor, muscular pathologies and cerebral palsy. Chest deformities are a common sign of early onset idiopathic scoliosis.
While the condition usually doesn’t cause the children challenged with it any pain, there is a deforming aspect which impacts physical appearance and, if left untreated, can lead to pain and compromised internal organs.
But there’s much reason to hope. Early onset idiopathic scoliosis treatment in New York at Scoliosis & Spine offers children outstanding, award-winning care.
Especially for early onset idiopathic scoliosis, Scoliosis & Spine takes a multi-faceted approach, favoring non-invasive therapies whenever possible.
Observation is the foundation of our methodology. The progression of the scoliosis curve is closely observed every 3 to 4 months, using imaging diagnostics. Rapid progression calls for the addition of corrective therapeutic measures. Also, curvatures which are 30-35 degrees are more likely to progress quickly and to the point at which surgery is indicated.
Bracing is effective for slowing curvature progression, when the brace is worn as prescribed. It is not, however effective for the treatment of neuromuscular or congenital scoliosis.
Casting is an extraordinarily effective therapy which corrects the curve over time, with the cast being replaced as the child grows and treatment moves forward.
When Surgery Is Indicated
Severe scoliosis curvatures in children which progress rapidly may seriously impact development of the cardiovascular system. In such cases, surgery is usually indicated.
Surgical solutions for early onset idiopathic scoliosis are highly involved, requiring diligent monitoring and strong relationships between parents and surgeons. As the child grows, surgical interventions are purpose-built to allow this process to continue unimpeded, with the monitoring and intervention of the surgeon at regular intervals.
When you come to Scoliosis & Spine for an examination and evaluation, you’re taking the first step toward successful scoliosis management and a bright future for your child.
We’re scoliosis experts with a focus on children with the condition. Our individualized early onset idiopathic scoliosis treatment in New Jersey offers hope by getting ahead of the curve.
Dr. Lonner is considered a top regional authority in the field of orthopaedics. Attending spine surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Lonner’s work is internationally-acclaimed.
Dr Lonner has helped so many children and adults take on scoliosis with confidence. Working with patients and their families, his care focuses on matching solutions to family needs.
His active role in research, exploring new surgical responses to scoliosis treatment, has recently been recognized with the Andrew Swanson Spine Award.
Early onset idiopathic scoliosis treatment in New York offers children with this challenging condition hope and the support of compassionate professionals. Contact us to find out more.