Laser Spine Institute can offer relief for scoliosis

Did you know that one out of every 100 people has some form of scoliosis? It’s true. Most cases are mild and never require medical treatment. Only about 2 percent of cases are severe enough to warrant medical treatment. Although scoliosis is fairly common, it is also widely misunderstood.

For example, did you know that Laser Spine Institute treats patients with scoliosis? Laser Spine Institute surgeons are able to treat adult patients who present symptoms of pain from scoliosis in their lumbar spine. Our surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures to help relieve nerve impingement through a laminotomy and foraminotomy decompression.

If the patient’s scoliosis results in a curve of the spine, the surgeons at Laser Spine Institute can address the curvature with a two-level minimally invasive stabilization procedure, or fusion.

Now that you know Laser Spine Institute can treat scoliosis symptoms, take some time to refresh your knowledge on the subject. Here’s the rundown about scoliosis:

What is scoliosis?

Contrary to popular belief, scoliosis is not a disease. The word “scoliosis” is actually a term used to describe the state of the spine. In this case, it is referring to an abnormal “C” or “S” shaped curve in the spine. Scoliosis has the ability to impact any part of the spine, including the lumbar, thoracic and cervical regions.

Who can get it?

Scoliosis can develop in anyone. However, it most commonly presents in children, specifically girls. Kids aren’t the only ones susceptible to scoliosis. Degenerative scoliosis is fairly common and often presents in individuals 65 years or older.

Degenerative scoliosis, or adult onset scoliosis, develops as a result of the degeneration of the facet joints. This is typically brought on by normal wear and tear of the joints in active people. Osteoarthritis may also contribute to degenerative scoliosis.

Symptoms

Many people with scoliosis never become symptomatic, but those who do may experience these symptoms:

  • Gradual pain – pain that slowly progresses over a period of time.
  • Pain in the morning – those with scoliosis typically find that the pain is worse in the morning rather than the evening.
  • Difficulty walking/standing – Most people with scoliosis find that the pain lessons when sitting. Some may experience sharp, shooting pains down their legs while walking or standing.

Treatment options

Most symptoms associated with scoliosis can be treated with conservative, nonsurgical treatments. These treatments include introducing strength, flexibility and range of motion exercises into your daily routine. Physicians also suggest taking over-the-counter medications to help relieve pain.

For more information about scoliosis, visit this page to learn how Laser Spine Institute can help you.

Comments (2)

Fran August 8, 2016

U were the first person to actually try to get me help!! Thankyou so much!

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Laser Spine Institute August 9, 2016

You’re welcome, Fran! We hope that you are able to find relief soon.

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