At The Spine Care Center in Manassas, we have successfully helped hundreds of patients treat their scoliosis. Whether your child is exhibiting early signs of scoliosis or you have been dealing with the symptoms for years, schedule an appointment with The Spine Care Center and we will work to provide you with the effective treatment you deserve. Read on to learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for scoliosis, and don’t hesitate to call our office if you need to be evaluated for scoliosis.
When you look at your spine from the side, you’ll see that it naturally bends into an ‘S’ shape. However, in some cases, it can also begin to curve sideways. Instead of traveling straight from your neck to your pelvis, it may begin to stick out to the side. This condition is called scoliosis.
Teens and adults develop scoliosis more often than younger children. However, infants and children under the age of 10 can still develop the condition. Girls are also more likely to develop the condition than boys. Scoliosis has a variety of different causes, including, but not limited to:
Left untreated, the symptoms caused by scoliosis can get worse over time. It is therefore important to seek out treatment as soon as possible if you believe that you are experiencing the symptoms of scoliosis.
Most people with scoliosis don’t experience back pain. Instead, they may notice symptoms such as:
When you bend over, you may also notice:
Though back pain isn’t a common symptom, it may develop if scoliosis becomes severe and causes nerve compression. Adults with degenerative scoliosis may be more likely to experience back pain as well as numbness or weakness in the legs.
To diagnose scoliosis, your doctor will begin by performing a physical examination of your back. They may ask you to bend over at the waist so they can look for any deformities in your spine or ribs.
Your doctor will also likely order an X-ray. X-rays allow your doctor to measure the curve of the spine and develop an effective treatment plan.
At The Spine Care Center, our experienced spine physicians create personalized treatment plans based on your age, curvature of your spine, and cause of your scoliosis.
If your growing child has scoliosis, they may only need to be monitored to ensure that their spinal curve does not worsen with time. They may also benefit from a back brace to help slow and prevent progression. Children rarely need surgery to straighten severe curves.
Adults with degenerative scoliosis and back pain have both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options. Our spine care experts use treatments such as:
At The Spine Care Center, most of our patients achieve long-term back pain relief without resorting to spine surgery. If you do need spine surgery, you can trust in our highly skilled spine surgeon who has helped thousands of patients in the Manassas area improve their spine health.
Find the right treatment for your scoliosis. Call The Spine Care Center in Manassas today or request an appointment online.