Scoliosis is a spinal condition characterized by an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine, often resembling an “S” or “C” shape when viewed from the back. At Dr. Isaac Bone & Joint Speciality Hospital, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis, offering comprehensive care to patients of all ages to manage symptoms and prevent progression of the curvature.

Scoliosis can develop at any age, but it most commonly occurs during the growth spurt just before puberty. While the exact cause of scoliosis is often unknown, factors such as genetics, neuromuscular conditions, or underlying spinal abnormalities may contribute to its development. In many cases, scoliosis is idiopathic, meaning there is no identifiable cause.

Symptoms of scoliosis may vary depending on the severity and location of the spinal curvature but can include uneven shoulders or waist, one shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other, and asymmetry in the ribcage or hips.

Severe cases of scoliosis may also cause back pain, respiratory problems, or difficulty with movement or balance.

Diagnosis of scoliosis typically involves a physical examination, assessment of symptoms, and imaging studies such as X-rays to measure the degree of spinal curvature and evaluate the spine’s overall alignment. Early detection is crucial for effective treatment and preventing progression of the curvature, making routine scoliosis screenings important, especially during adolescence.

Treatment options for scoliosis depend on various factors, including the patient’s age, the severity of the curvature, and the likelihood of progression. Conservative treatments such as observation, bracing, physical therapy, or customized exercise programs may be recommended for mild to moderate cases of scoliosis to monitor the condition and prevent further curvature progression.

In more severe cases or when conservative measures fail to provide relief, surgical intervention may be necessary to correct the spinal curvature and stabilize the spine. Surgical procedures for scoliosis may involve spinal fusion, where metal rods, hooks, screws, or wires are used to straighten the spine and fuse the affected vertebrae together, reducing the curvature and preventing further deformity.

At Dr. Isaac Bone & Joint Speciality Hospital, our team of spine specialists and orthopedic surgeons is dedicated to providing personalized care to patients with scoliosis. We work closely with each individual to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and goals, with the aim of improving spinal alignment, function, and quality of life.