Scoliosis Affects Both Adults and Adolescents
Texas Scoliosis Sufferers Can Find Treatment in Dallas and Addison
Scoliosis is a common condition deemed present when the curvature of the spine exceeds 10 degrees. 2% to 3% of 16 year olds in the United States suffer from some degree of scoliosis, but less than 0.1% will require surgery.
Adolescent or Teenage Scoliosis
Idiopathic scoliosis often appears in adolescents during their “growth spurts” (ages 10-16). It is found more commonly in girls. The cause is unknown, but evidence suggests the condition might be inherited.
Scoliosis in Adults
Degenerative scoliosis appears most often in adults age 55 and older. It results from trauma to the spine, such as a fall or back surgery, or due to illnesses such as bone collapse or osteoporosis.
Following a physical examination, Dr. Callewart may order a bend test (in cases where the patient is able), bone exam and X-ray before a diagnosis can be made.
Effective Scoliosis Treatment Options for Dallas Patients
Nonsurgical options such as bracing or physical therapy are often a first course of action for treating scoliosis. If the condition grows progressively worse, surgical options may be necessary.
Nonsurgical Scoliosis Treatment
Braces are the preferred treatment for adolescents whose bones are still growing and who have a spinal curve ranging from 25 to 40 degrees.
Braces can correct the curve and stop it from progressing. Children who fail to wear their brace often see the curve return.
Minimally-invasive surgery is an option for patients whose curvature occurs in the lumbar and thoracic portion of the spine. The surgical incision is small enough to be covered by a band-aid, and patients experience less pain and fewer complications.
Dr. Callewart will advise adolescents with spinal curves ranging from 40 to 50 degrees if they may be candidates for surgery. Following surgery, the spine may not be perfectly straight, but surgery should prevent the curve from worsening.