An estimated 6-9 million people are living with scoliosis. The Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute neurosurgeons offer surgical solutions to treat abnormal spine curvatures at their offices in Tulsa, Sallisaw, and Claremore, Oklahoma. The skilled neurosurgeons customize a plan for spinal fusion surgery to stabilize your spine and reduce your risk of scoliosis-related complications. If you need treatment for scoliosis, schedule a spinal evaluation at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute by calling the office nearest you today.
Scoliosis describes a sideways curvature of the spine. This condition often starts during a growth spurt you have just before you enter puberty but can also develop later in life.
Some cases of scoliosis may be the result of underlying medical conditions, like cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, but often the root cause of scoliosis is unknown.
Many children and adults with scoliosis have a mild form. However, severe spinal curvatures can cause a disability. The spinal curve can also put excess pressure on your chest cavity and interfere with your lung function.
In addition to a noticeable curvature of your spine, you may also develop other symptoms of scoliosis in other areas of your body.
You may have unevenness in your shoulders, hips, and waist and notice that one of your shoulder blades is more prominent than the other.
Because the symptoms of scoliosis appear gradually over time and typically don’t cause discomfort or pain, it’s important to have preventive scoliosis screenings throughout childhood. As an adult with a family history of scoliosis, you should have regular screenings to protect your spinal health.
If you have signs of spinal curvature, the Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute team offers diagnostic technologies like X-rays and MRIs to evaluate your spinal structures.
X-rays can confirm scoliosis and rule out other underlying medical conditions. The test also provides information your provider needs to know about the severity of the curve in your spine.
Your provider at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute customizes a treatment plan to your needs. Children who show signs of mild scoliosis may benefit from wearing braces to straighten their spine.
For advanced and severe cases of scoliosis, the team offers surgical options to correct the spinal curve. A spinal fusion is a common type of scoliosis surgery that involves joining two or more of your vertebrae together to limit spinal movements. The neurosurgeons may also place metal rods or screws to support and stabilize your spine.
If you have concerns about physical changes in your spine that may indicate scoliosis, schedule an evaluation at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute by phone today.