While scoliosis can strike people of all ages, the demographic it overwhelmingly affects is young people.
Idiopathic (of no known origin) scoliosis is the most common variety. Children may also be born with the condition, which is referred to as congenital scoliosis. Finally, neuromuscular scoliosis is caused by anomalies in muscles and nerves, most commonly seen in patients with conditions like muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and spina bifida.
Pediatric and adolescent scoliosis in Maryland has an authoritative partner in the team at Scoliosis & Spine Associates. With clinical lead, Dr. Barron Lonner, we bring children and youth living with scoliosis expert support and individualized treatment.
In most cases, scoliosis isn’t painful. This factor can mean that other symptoms aren’t obvious enough for parents to notice.
Following are some key symptoms to take note of:
- Shoulder blades protrude conspicuously
- Hips seem to be set higher than they should be
- Waist is uneven
- One leg appears to be longer than the other
- Leaning to one side
- Shoulders are uneven (listing to one side)
Parents should schedule a medical consultation if they notice one or more of these visual clues.
Scoliosis screening for pediatric and adolescent scoliosis in Maryland should be conducted regularly, with your doctor being the first to notice physical signs. But parents can ask for a screening at any time, should they notice physical indications of the condition.
A family history of scoliosis is taken seriously by medical professionals, so providing that information will be part of your screening. A physical examination will also be conducted, with the doctor looking at items like the head being centered on the shoulders and whether other parts of the patient’s body are level on both sides.
Your doctor will ask that your child or adolescent bend forward in order to examine the back muscles and rib cage. Abdominal muscle strain can also be a cause of spinal curvature, so this factor will be analyzed to rule it out.
If deemed necessary, an X-ray will be taken of the entire spine, while the patient is standing. Using the imagery produced, spinal curvatures will be measured. Should these prove to be in excess of 25 degrees, treatment will follow.
Observation, bracing and physical therapy are all pillars of scoliosis treatment. In most cases, the curve will be closely observed to monitor any progression.
Should progression be observed, bracing will be deployed. With advances in bracing, young patients will be pleased to hear that it’s no longer the ordeal it once was and that today’s braces are much less constricting and unattractive.
Finally, in the case of severe curvatures of more than 45 degrees, surgery may be recommended.
Scoliosis and Spine
At Scoliosis and Spine, our team specializes in the treatment and care of scoliosis, with a special focus on pediatric and adolescent scoliosis.
Our team, led by world renowned scoliosis expert, Dr. Barron Lonner, works closely with patients, individualizing treatment which centers patient need.
We’re here to support children and youth with scoliosis, with compassionate care. Contact us.