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Several million people in the United States are affected by scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine. Although severe cases can be painful and debilitating, effective treatments can help you manage your symptoms, increase mobility and improve your quality of life.

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal condition characterized by an abnormal, sideways curvature of the spine. It can develop at any time but is most commonly diagnosed in adolescence. The spinal curvature can be mild or severe, affecting both the physical appearance and your overall health.

Common types of scoliosis include:

  • Idiopathic: The most common type of scoliosis, which accounts for 80 percent of all cases. Idiopathic scoliosis has no known cause and typically develops during an adolescent growth spurt.
  • Congenital: This type of scoliosis is present at birth and happens when the spine develops abnormally in the womb.
  • Neuromuscular: This type of scoliosis is associated with underlying neuromuscular conditions like cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury.
  • Degenerative: This type usually affects older adults and is caused by the natural wear and tear of the spine.
  • Functional: This type of scoliosis is not caused by a structural abnormality in the spine but is instead the result of other factors, such as leg length discrepancy or muscle imbalances.

What are the Symptoms of Scoliosis?

Scoliosis symptoms can vary from person to person, and identifying your symptoms is critical for effective treatment. Common signs of scoliosis include uneven shoulders or waist, one shoulder blade protruding more than the other,  or an asymmetric appearance of the back. In some cases, scoliosis can cause discomfort, back pain , or breathing problems, especially when the curvature becomes more pronounced.

How is Scoliosis Diagnosed?

To diagnose scoliosis, Inspira’s orthopedic specialists conduct a comprehensive examination, including a physical assessment and a review of your symptoms and medical history. During this exam, your doctor will evaluate the curvature of your spine, determine its severity, pinpoint the location,  and assess the potential effects on your overall health. They may also order an X-ray to diagnose your condition and help formulate an effective treatment plan.

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Scoliosis Spine Curve Anatomy

Scoliosis Treatment Options

Many treatment options are available for scoliosis, ranging from conservative approaches to surgical interventions. Your treatment depends on the severity of the curvature and your overall health. Scoliosis treatment options include:

Nurse Checking a Child's Spine Development for Scoliosis
Scoliosis Brace
Orthopedic Surgeon Explaining X-Ray to Women

Our Approach to Scoliosis Treatment

At Inspira, we understand the effects scoliosis can have on your everyday life. Our experienced team of orthopedic specialists adopts a personalized approach to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. With advanced treatments, cutting-edge technology and compassionate care, we are here to help you achieve optimal results, relieve your pain, and restore your mobility.

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