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Scoliosis

Improving Lives by Decreasing Pain

When scoliosis develops, it most often begins in little children who are at a young age and have not yet reached puberty but are approaching a major growth spurt. As the condition progresses, the spine begins to curve sideways and causes pain, posture problems, and mobility limitations. Depending on the severity of the condition, minimally invasive spine surgery may be recommended by the highly-qualified surgeons at miVIP.

In severe cases, the condition can become disabling and may prevent the affected individual from leading an active and full life. Cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy can lead to the development of the condition, which typically becomes worse over time. Early treatment such as minimally invasive spine surgery is essential for repairing the spine before scoliosis has a chance to progress and cause further damage.

Who Is at Risk?

The painful condition impacts infants and children more often than adults, and affects approximately 2-3 percent of the general population in the United States. Adults may also develop the condition when they are older, but development is most likely to occur during childhood and adolescence.

Common Causes of Spine Curvature

There is no identifiable cause for idiopathic scoliosis, which is the most common type, but it is torngly believed to be a genetic condition. There are specific causes for other types of scoliosis, including:

  • Birth defects
  • Bone abnormalities
  • Injuries
  • Infections
  • Neuromuscular conditions

Symptoms of Scoliosis

You should find out if you are a good candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery to correct spine curvature if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Uneven shoulders, hips, or waist
  • Back pain
  • Rotated or twisted spine
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A shoulder blade that is more prominent than the other

Treatment Options

Treatment options for spine curvature include:

  • Braces: Spine support may be required in order to straighten a child’s crooked spine. Braces can offer this support and help keep the spine in place.
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery: Laparoscopic surgery may help to correct severe curvatures of the spine with fewer complications and less scarring than traditional surgery.

Scoliosis Prognosis

Patients who undergo minimally invasive spine surgery to correct their spine curvature often report a significant improvement in their mobility and a reduction in their pain. Depending on the severity of the condition, more than one surgical procedure may be required in order to fully correct the symptoms of excessive spine curvature. The world-class surgeons at miVIP offer a wide variety of treatment options for adults, adolescents, and children who suffer from debilitating pain caused by the condition.

Find Out More

To find out more about surgical and non-surgical treatment options for mild to severe pain associated with spinal curvature, call miVIP today at 877.956.2263. We will be happy to schedule your initial consultation so that you can speak with one of our world-class surgeons in person.

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