Effective Treatment Options to Correct and Prevent the Progression of Scoliosis

While most cases of scoliosis are mild, a few cases may cause severe complications if not treated early. Scoliosis can cause some discomfort and affect your ability to perform your tasks normally. Fortunately, there are effective treatment options for scoliosis in Las Vegas that can provide promising results. With these treatments, you can embark on your everyday activities without any limits.

Scoliosis 101

Scoliosis refers to an abnormal curvature of your spine that forms an “S” or “C” shape.  If not treated, the condition can deteriorate and cause spine deformities that may affect your mobility. The common signs of scoliosis are:

  •                   Rotating spine
  •                   Back pain
  •                   Uneven hips
  •                   Uneven breasts
  •                   Breathing difficulties
  •                   Uneven shoulders
  •                   One shoulder protruding more than the other

Scoliosis is easier to treat if detected early, a move that can help prevent severe deformities in your spine.

What triggers the development of scoliosis?

There are two forms of scoliosis including structural and nonstructural. Spinal injury, congenital abnormality, and degeneration are the primary causes of structural scoliosis. The three issues cause permanent deformities. Nonstructural scoliosis is the temporary curvature of your spine caused by postural spinal factors such as muscle imbalances. Nonstructural scoliosis may also occur due to a striking leg length discrepancy.

Other forms of scoliosis include idiopathic, neuromuscular, and degenerative. Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common form of scoliosis, and its cause is still unknown. The abnormal curves may cause mild symptoms, which deteriorate as you age due to age-related degeneration. As you age, your spine naturally degenerates, and during this period, adult scoliosis may develop. Adult scoliosis usually affects your mobility, upsetting your ability to carry out your tasks. Neuromuscular scoliosis develops due to impaired muscles in your spine or deformities in your neurologic system. Neuromuscular scoliosis may occur due to the following conditions:

  •                     Muscular dystrophy
  •                     Cerebral palsy
  •                     Spina bifida

Scoliosis in infants is a non-preventable issue, as it arises from poor posture or other habits similar to nonstructural scoliosis. If you notice some of the signs of scoliosis, Dr. McNulty and his team recommend that you visit McNulty Spine for a comprehensive physical examination.

What are the treatment options for scoliosis?

Dr. McNulty examines your spine to determine the severity of the condition before designing a customized treatment plan for you. He may recommend a brace to prevent further deterioration for children with a curvature degree of 24-40 degrees. With mild scoliosis, you may only need to go for routine checkups to monitor your deformity. For severe cases of scoliosis, Dr. McNulty may recommend spinal fusion surgery to correct and stop the progression of the condition. After the surgery, your doctor will monitor you while at the center to ensure the treatment provides the desired results. Teens, adults, and children can benefit from spinal fusion surgery.

Do not lead a life with deformities, especially with the treatment options available. If scoliosis affects your ability to carry out your day-to-day activities, call Dr. McNulty or schedule an appointment online to begin your journey for deformity correction.