What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis often conjures up memories of the elementary school screenings where students bent over and touched their toes to allow a nurse to screen for an abnormal curvature of their spine. Scoliosis is more common than you might think—in fact, an estimated three in every 100 people have the spinal disorder. But while so many are affected by the condition, few know what scoliosis truly is and how they can receive treatment.

Whether you or someone you know has scoliosis, it’s important to know the facts and what orthopedic solutions are available.

Scoliosis 101

Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine that causes an S-shaped or C-shaped curve in the backbone. In many cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown and is classified as idiopathic scoliosis. In other instances, scoliosis can be classified as non-structural, this is when the curve in the spine is only temporary and the spine is structurally normal. Similarly, structural scoliosis is when the spine has a fixed curve.

Some people living with scoliosis will only need to have routine check-ups with their orthopedic physician, but some may require extensive treatment and surgery.

What are the Symptoms?

Scoliosis symptoms vary depending on the severity of the case, but these are the most common symptoms:

  • Shoulders that appear uneven
  • One shoulder blade protruding more than the other
  • One hip may be higher than the other
  • Uneven waist
  • A noticeable curve in the spine when bending over

You Don’t Have to Live With Pain

Luckily, there are many options for people living with scoliosis. It’s important to start routine scoliosis screening from a young age as the childhood signs of scoliosis can be subtle, and early detection can help avoid severe deformity and other complications. Other solutions are back braces and in severe cases, surgery to correct the curve of the spine.

The Coastal Orthopedics team is passionate about healing and providing quality care for patients of all ages. If you or someone you love suffers from pain due to scoliosis or any other orthopedic issue, contact us today or request an appointment here.