Scoliosis Spine Treatment in Las Vegas
The spine has evolved to curve from front to back. However, it’s abnormal for the spine to curve to the side. Scoliosis is a very common condition that affects about 3% of Americans going through puberty. Young women are diagnosed with scoliosis more frequently than young men. Though mild cases of scoliosis usually don’t have any bothersome symptoms, some cases require careful monitoring and even spinal surgery. If you suspect that you or your child has scoliosis, schedule an appointment at the Spine Institute of Nevada.
Types of Scoliosis
There are several ways in which scoliosis can form. Here’s a quick look at the different types of scoliosis.
- Congenital Scoliosis: Some children are born with abnormally curved backs, or else have bone disorders that will cause the back to curve later in life. Depending on the nature of the abnormality, a doctor may be able to correct the curvature through surgery.
- Degenerative Scoliosis: If part of the spine becomes damaged as a result of injury or disease, it may start to bend over time. Causes of degenerative scoliosis include trauma and osteoporosis.
- Idiopathic Scoliosis: This is the most common type of scoliosis, and it’s also the most mysterious. Though no one knows for sure what causes idiopathic scoliosis, research suggests that it is inherited from parent to child.
Scoliosis Treatment Options
Much of the time, scoliosis doesn’t have a profound effect on a patient’s life. However, there are certain instances that require more substantial care.
- Monitoring: Most cases of scoliosis merit professional monitoring at the very least. As long as the condition doesn’t get any worse, no additional treatment is needed. Exercise is important for keeping the back bones and muscles strong.
- Back Brace: A spine doctor may recommend a back brace for a young patient with a considerable spinal curve. The idea is to correct the curve before the bones reach maturity.
- Fusion Surgery: Spine surgeons often recommend fusion surgery for scoliosis patients if their curvature is more than 40 degrees. During fusion surgery, some of the vertebrae are fused together permanently, helping straighten the spine.
If you or your child has scoliosis, consider speaking with Dr. Perry of the Spine Institute of Nevada. We offer a wide range of treatments for mild and severe cases of scoliosis. Call (702) 239-3787 if you have any questions.