Each year, more than 3 million Americans are diagnosed with scoliosis. There’s no cure for scoliosis, but thanks to modern treatments, it’s possible to reduce uncomfortable symptoms. At Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, the experienced team of orthopedic specialists offers several types of treatment for scoliosis, including observation, bracing, and surgery. To make an appointment at the practice in Henderson or Las Vegas, Nevada, call the nearest office today or schedule online.
Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal disorder that causes an abnormal curvature of the spine. It’s normal for your spine to have some curvature, but scoliosis causes severe curves from side to side. Without intervention and treatment, these curves can result in pain and difficulty breathing.
Symptoms of scoliosis include:
If you have scoliosis, one side of your rib cage might also extend farther forward than the other.
If you notice that you or your child’s spine is slightly curved, make an appointment at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center. Even mild curves can get worse quickly, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Anyone can experience scoliosis, but several factors increase your risk, including being a teenager, having a family history of scoliosis, and being a girl. Boys and girls both experience scoliosis, but potentially serious complications are more common in girls.
To diagnose scoliosis, your Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center provider reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms. Next, they conduct a physical exam. During the exam, your provider might have you bend over at the waist with your arms hanging loosely to see if one side of your rib cage is more prominent than the other.
Afterward, they conduct a neurological exam, testing your reflexes and muscle strength. Your provider might also order diagnostic imaging tests, like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI.
Treatment of scoliosis depends on several factors, including your age, the degree of spinal curvature, and the type of scoliosis you have. The team at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center might recommend:
If you have a mild spinal curve, the team recommends observation. You visit the office every 4-6 months for a checkup, to ensure the condition isn’t getting worse.
If your spinal curve is greater than 25 degrees and it’s getting worse, your provider might recommend bracing. A brace helps keep your spine in the optimal position.
If you have a spinal curve that’s greater than 45 degrees, the team recommends surgery. During scoliosis surgery, your provider fuses two or more of your vertebrae together. If necessary, they might also add implants.
To explore the treatment options for scoliosis, request a consultation at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center. Call the nearest office or click the online scheduling feature today.