Scoliosis is a disorder in which a person’s spine is curved to the side. The condition can affect any part of the spine, but typically the curvature occurs in two main places in the spine. The first is the lumbar, or the lower section of the back, which is called lumbar scoliosis. The second is the thoracic, or chest region, which is called thoracic scoliosis.
What Are the Symptoms of Scoliosis?
Depending on the severity and location of the scoliosis along with the age of the patient, symptoms can vary greatly. Common symptoms are back pain, the head being off center, uneven legs, uneven shoulder blades, asymmetrical rib cage, clothes not hanging on the body properly, or leaning to one side when standing and walking.
More serious symptoms can occur if scoliosis goes untreated. Though rare, these symptoms are decreased ability to exercise, respiratory deficiencies, and chronic debilitating pain. Lung and heart function can also become impaired if the patient has long-standing untreated scoliosis.
In cases of pediatric scoliosis, babies born with the condition usually show signs by having a bulge in their chest. They will also often looked curved when laying on their side. In more extreme cases of infant scoliosis, there is the possibility of the heart and lungs not functioning properly causing respiratory problems and chest pains.
What Causes Scoliosis?
Some types of scoliosis have no known cause and are referred to as idiopathic scoliosis. One of the most common types of scoliosis occurs in adolescents and has no known cause. It is referred to as Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Scoliosis can be caused from everything from genetics to neuromuscular conditions and even injuries or bad posture.
Causes of scoliosis can include:
Uneven length of legs
Connective tissue disorder
Cutting-Edge Scoliosis Treatments in the Long Island Area
A small number of scoliosis patients may require surgery. If you have attempted to fix or ease your scoliosis problems without success, come in for a consultation at our New York area clinics. Our multi-disciplinary team of neurosurgeons, doctors and physicians here at Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC) can help ease your chronic condition with advanced scoliosis treatments.
We have scoliosis specialists to help guide you through the right treatment for you. If you are considering surgery to straighten your spine, our spine surgeons can discuss minimally invasive spine surgery techniques to give you a better life.
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If you are in the Long Island, NY, area and are suffering, contact us today. Our team can help you with everything from infant to adult degenerative scoliosis problems. Let us help you with your chronic scoliosis problems.