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SCOLIOSIS

Scoliosis Treatment in Houston

EFFECTIVE NONSURGICAL & SURGICAL SOLUTIONS

Scoliosis is a condition usually first recognized in childhood and is apparent from an abnormally S- or C-shaped curved spine. Every person’s spine has natural curves that help the spine support the weight of the head and body and ensure balance and stability. For patients with mild cases, scoliosis can be treated without surgery, and specific exercises and stretches can provide substantial relief while restoring the imbalance of the patient’s anatomy.

At Minivasive Pain & Orthopedics, our spine specialists in orthopedics work to diagnose spinal deformities and ensure your spine and surrounding nerves are treated as an interconnected system. To accurately diagnose scoliosis, our expert utilize imaging studies to identify whether the spine is unstable or if the abnormal curvature affects nearby nerves or organs.

Do I have Scoliosis?

Having an unusually curved spine can be painful, as the spine curvature pushes the vertebrae together in unnatural ways that can result in inflammation or pain. With scoliosis, the spine curves sideways that looks like an “S” or “C” shape when viewed from behind. For those with scoliosis, it’s more challenging to move the body from side to side in the same way as someone with typical spinal anatomy, because the natural curves of the spine are unusually extreme. The degree of curvature may be mildly abnormal or very pronounced, and some never experience any pain or dysfunction. Most people who have scoliosis have had it since childhood, but some develop it later in life as the spine wears down from aging.

Signs of Scoliosis include:

  • An abnormal sideways-curved spine
  • Physical changes in posture, such as a loss of height
  • Feeling aching pain in the back or neck during physical exertion
  • Radiating pain in the arms or legs
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet

MEDICAL & SURGICAL TREATMENTS FOR SCOLIOSIS

Many adults with scoliosis can be successfully treated with nonsurgical therapies that effectively address pain and physical abnormalities. Our spine specialists at Minivasive Pain & Orthopedics will evaluate your symptoms to determine treatment to relieve your pain so you can walk and move more easily. Many people find relief through medication to block pain signals and reduce inflammation.

Physical therapy can strengthen the muscles to improve posture and stabilize the spine, which in turn makes movement more comfortable and less painful. Effective, simple stretching and strength-building exercises can improve flexibility and strengthen the spine-supporting muscles. Physical therapy is prescribed by our doctors to ensure your program meets your needs and goals, and committing to a long-term program is an important part of long-term treatment.

Stretches that can alleviate scoliosis pain include:

  • Pelvic tilt
  • Arm and leg raises
  • Cat or camel stretches
  • Bird/dog stretches
  • Child’s pose
  • And others
Surgical treatment of scoliosis may be recommended to reconstruct and correct an abnormal spine curvature, especially if there is a pinched nerve that causes significant pain and discomfort. Our spinal experts at Minivasive Pain & Orthopedics utilize the latest, most effective, and least invasive surgical treatment techniques tailored to the patient’s age, overall health, and the severity of their scoliosis. Spinal reconstructive surgery has several approaches, but all have the same goal: to restore normal curvature to the spine as much as possible and to prevent the curve from worsening. Every patient’s spine is affected differently, so surgery must be customized to the patient’s needs.

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