Scoliosis: Orthopedic Treatment In McKinney, TX

by Administrator 4. February 2015 09:33

Scoliosis, also known as curvature of the spine, is a condition in which the spinal column develops a three dimensional curvature. The spinal column is made of small bones, which when deviated lead to the condition. When the curvature of the spine is more than 10 degrees, then the condition is called Scoliosis. People in the age group of 50-70 years are more susceptible to Scoliosis and the condition is also more common among girls as compared to boys.

Causes

  • Structural Causes: In this type of scoliosis, the curvature is there by birth or occurs due to certain diseases such as metabolic diseases, muscular dystrophy or any connective tissue disorders.
  • Non-structural: In this the spine is normal and the curvature occurs due to other problems such as spasms, appendicitis, injuries, etc.
  • Degenerative Scoliosis: It occurs in older adults due to arthritis, which is called Spondylosis. The ligaments and soft tissues weaken and bone spurs cause abnormal curvature. The condition also occurs due to vertebral compression fractures, osteoporosis and disc degeneration.

Symptoms

Often there are significant symptoms and the patient may experience muscle back pain, fatigue, and stiffness. The condition often goes undetected for years and the symptoms vary with the severity of the condition.
However some of the common symptoms include:

  • One shoulder or hip higher than other
  • Head misaligned from the center
  • Walking with rolling gait
  • Back pain
  • Tiredness while doing excessive belly and chest movement
  • Uneven length leg
  • Clothes do not fit properly

Diagnosis

It is recommended that you consult a spine surgeon if you experience any of the symptoms. The surgeon will carry out physical examination of the spine, ribs, hips and shoulders. Imaging tests such as X-ray, MRI, or CT scan can also be recommended to determine the location, shape, direction and angle of the curve. Depending upon the severity of the condition, the surgeon will devise the treatment plan.

Treatment

Mild scoliosis need not be treated and the orthopedic physician often recommends the patient to have a routine follow up at the prescribed time. However the physician chooses a treatment depending upon the severity of the curve, location, gender and bone maturity.  In children, the physician uses casting to bring the spine to its normal position. A brace is attached to the outside of the body to improve the curvature.

If the Scoliosis is severe, then orthopedic surgeon suggests spinal fusion. It reduces the spinal curvature and stops its progression. Often screws, hooks, wires and metal rods are used to hold the part of spine straight while the bones heal.

For complete treatment of Scoliosis, visit Dr. Burg at OrthoTexas, McKinney. To schedule an appointment, call at (972) 727-9995 or visit 7300 Eldorado Parkway, Suites 165/165A, McKinney, TX 75070.

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