Early Onset Idiopathic Scoliosis Treatment in Pennsylvania
Idiopathic scoliosis detected before the age of 10 is referred to as early onset idiopathic scoliosis. “Idiopathic” means that the cause of the condition is unknown.
This type of scoliosis includes other early childhood manifestations. For example, congenital scoliosis (from birth) and infantile scoliosis (infants/toddlers under 3) fall under this heading.
Early onset idiopathic scoliosis affects boys more often than girls. It’s also associated with anomalies which impede neuromuscular function like muscular diseases, tumor and cerebral palsy. Chest deformities are a clear indication of early onset idiopathic scoliosis.
While the condition usually doesn’t cause children any pain, it can be responsible for physical deformities which impact appearance and, if untreated, can lead to pain and compromised internal organs.
But there’s hope. Early onset idiopathic scoliosis treatment in Pennsylvania at Scoliosis & Spine offers children world-class, award-winning care and symptomatic relief.
Especially for early onset idiopathic scoliosis, Scoliosis & Spine takes a measured approach, favoring conservative, non-invasive treatments.
Observation is the foundation of our approach. The progression of the scoliosis curvature is observed at 3 to 4-month intervals, using imaging diagnostics. Rapid progression tells us we need to add corrective responses. Curves which are 30-35 degrees are likely to progress rapidly and to the point at which surgery is called for.
For slowing curve progression, bracing is an effective therapy when the brace is worn as prescribed. It should be noted that bracing is not effective for treating congenital or neuromuscular scoliosis.
Casting is a widely-deployed treatment which corrects the curve over time, with the cast being replaced to accommodate childhood growth as treatment progresses.
When Surgery Is Called for
Acute, quickly progressing scoliosis curvatures in children may have profound implications for the development of the cardiovascular system and usually require surgery.
Surgical interventions for early onset idiopathic scoliosis take considerable time and involve regular monitoring, as well as good relationships between parents and surgeons. As the child grows, surgical solutions are designed to allow skeletal growth to continue freely, with the ongoing intervention of your surgeon.
When you come to Scoliosis & Spine to have your child examined, you’re taking the first step toward successful scoliosis management and a brighter future for your child.
We’re skilled scoliosis and orthopedics experts. Our patient-centered early onset idiopathic scoliosis treatment in New Jersey gets ahead of the curve and that means hope.
Dr. Lonner is an internationally acclaimed and recognized authority in the field of orthopaedics. Attending spine surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Lonner’s work is widely respected in the orthopaedic surgical community.
Dr. Lonner has supported hundreds of adults and children living with scoliosis. Working with patients and their families, his care is focused on finding solutions which meet family needs.
His ongoing role in research efforts exploring new surgical responses to scoliosis has recently been honored with the Andrew Swanson Spine Award.
Early onset idiopathic scoliosis treatment in Pennsylvania offers children with the condition hope and the support of caring leaders in the field. Contact us for more information.