Understanding scoliosis

  • Posted on: Jun 15 2020
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A common spine condition that can develop at any age is that of scoliosis. Scoliosis is best described as an abnormal curvature of the spine that results in physical deformity. The spine is supposed to be straight with no curve to the left or right, but patients with scoliosis may have a C or S shape to their spine. Scoliosis can occur anywhere on the back, though it is often spotted in the middle of the back. It can occur at any age, and for some, can be extremely debilitating when it comes to their overall quality of life. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, patients may experience a variety of complications from scoliosis. This is why the team of Orthopedic Associates of Long Island will recommend a proper diagnosis and treatment plan for patients with this spine condition.

What are the symptoms of scoliosis?

Depending on the severity of the condition, many patients might not even realize they have it. However, individuals who have extremely curvature of the spine may present with an uneven gait, uneven shoulders and hips, and rib or shoulder blade pain. In some more extreme cases, patients may also experience breathlessness and intense discomfort in the spinal area. By getting a proper diagnosis using x-rays, patients can then work with their team of doctors to obtain appropriate care.

What are treatment options for scoliosis?

There are a wide range of treatments available to patients with scoliosis, though the treatment used on a patient will vary greatly depending on the type and severity of the condition. Below are just a few of the more common considerations for treatment:

  • Observation
  • Back bracing
  • Surgical intervention

Learn more about scoliosis with the team of Orthopedic Associates of Long Island

If you reside in the Long Island area and want to get a proper diagnosis of your condition and speak to a professional about treatment, we welcome you to book an appointment at any one of our seven locations throughout the community. Call our primary line at (631) 689-6698 to schedule a visit and get started improving your spine health and function.

Posted in: Spinal Conditions

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