Scoliosis comes from the Greek word meaning “crooked”. The spine is normally exactly straight and perpendicular right to left and curved front to back. When the spine develops one or more abnormal side-to-side curves the condition is called scoliosis. As the abnormal curvature worsens, the spine can also rotate or twist and the deformity becomes three dimensional. This condition affects about 20 million people in the United States and tends to run in families but the cause is unknown. Scoliosis can begin at any age but frequently starts very early. Screening programs in schools identify juvenile scoliosis or adolescent scoliosis. Pediatric doctors will visually observe the spine during routine visits to check for childhood scoliosis. Parents sometimes are the first to notice the curve when they view their child from the back and notice an odd slump. The doctors at Chapman Medical Center can provide guidance and treatment options when you or a loved one has had a preliminary diagnosis of scoliosis.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Scoliosis
It is important to diagnose and treat scoliosis before it becomes severe scoliosis and starts to impair functionality. In the early stages, it can be effectively treated so it does not worsen. A parent can use these signs to detect scoliosis:
- One shoulder is higher than the other
- One shoulder blade protrudes more than the other
- One side of the waist is higher than the other
- The body leans to one side
- Complaints of fatigue or tires easily
If one or more of these symptoms of scoliosis is present or if your child or loved one has been diagnosed with scoliosis, you need to see a specialist to confirm the diagnosis and determine a course of treatment. If caught early, the condition can be alleviated through consistent treatment. Sometimes advanced cases that threaten to incapacitate the individual require bracing or surgical procedures. In any case, our specialists can determine if scoliosis is the proper diagnosis and help you decide on a course of action to treat this condition.
Chapman Spine and Orthopedic Institute
for care when you or a loved one has been diagnosed with scoliosis or you suspect that condition exists.