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:
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 lying on their sides. 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.
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 by everything from genetics to neuromuscular conditions and even injuries or bad posture.
Causes of scoliosis can include:
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 NSPC Brain & Spine Surgery (NSPC) (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.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.
Degenerative scoliosis, also known as adult-onset scoliosis, is a type of lateral curvature of the spine that develops in older adults. Mainly due to the degeneration of the spinal discs, facet joints, and other spinal structures. Degenerative scoliosis tends to develop later in life, usually after age 50.
Although untreated or undiagnosed adolescent scoliosis can lead to scoliosis in adult life, degenerative scoliosis has several predominant causes:
Along with the slow onset of back pain, other symptoms may be present:
Non-surgical treatments attempt to minimize pain and increase the range of motion. A variety of other treatment options may be recommended before surgery:
Lumbar Decompression Surgery in combination with spinal fusion is one type of neurosurgery to correct degenerative scoliosis. Your surgeon alleviates the damaging pressure caused by a degenerated disc or bone spur.
You can rest assured knowing that NSPC has world-class neurosurgeons to provide excellent degenerative scoliosis treatment options, conveniently located in New York state. Although our headquarters are on Long Island, we routinely treat patients from across the tri-state area.
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