Scoliosis is referred to as an S-shaped or C-shaped abnormal side curvature of the spine that occurs due to angular deflection of one vertebra over the other. It is a three-dimensional spine deformity whose deviation can be measured in angles. It is prevalent among kids and adolescents and noticeable only after the significant progression of the disorder.
Typically, there are many types of Scoliosis, but a few common types include:
- Degenerative Scoliosis – It typically occurs in adults due to degeneration of the spine’s facet joints or intervertebral discs. The degeneration progresses slowly, resulting in spinal asymmetry.
- Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis – Idiopathic means “no definite cause.” Idiopathic Scoliosis is more common in children than in adults. According to SRS (Scoliosis Research Society), girls are eight times more prone to develop it than boys in 80% to 90% of these cases.
Scoliosis can be managed with conservative treatment approaches like braces and exercises in its nascent stages; however, in later stages, with a considerable angular deflection in vertebrae, doctors may suggest scoliosis surgery in Dubai as the most appropriate treatment.
Also, if scoliosis is not treated in adolescence, the condition may deteriorate; hence scoliosis treatment for adults becomes important.
Scoliosis symptoms are unclear in the early stages. Moreover, paediatric spine surgeons can guide the patient by indicating Scoliosis in its preliminary stage. The following are common Scoliosis signs:
- Uneven shoulders
- One shoulder blade is slightly higher than the other
- One hip higher than the other
- Head and spine not aligned centrally
A pediatric or orthopaedic spine surgeon may recognize Scoliosis in the early stages by physically examining the back. The doctor will ask for the following tests to diagnose Scoliosis for curved spine treatment:
- Adam’s Bend Test
- MRI or neurological tests
The correct diagnosis paves the way for better scoliosis pain management and treatment.
Scoliosis or curved spine treatment depends on the severity of the condition. In the early to mild stage, scoliosis starts with back pain, for which the doctor may provide scoliosis back pain relief treatment.
Scoliosis can be treated with conservative or non-invasive approaches. However, in case of increasing angular deflection in the back, the surgeon recommends Scoliosis surgery in Dubai.
Here is a brief about the treatments.
The conservative approach focuses on scoliosis pain management and curve correction.
If the Scoliosis is less than 25°, the doctor may recommend observing the case intermittently. If the progression of Scoliosis is found to be more than 10° in consecutive visits to the doctor’s office, the doctor will ask for further steps for scoliosis correction.
If the scoliosis back pain persists, or the angular bend in Scoliosis is more than 25° or the progression is very fast, the doctor may prescribe a customised brace to correct Scoliosis providing scoliosis back pain relief.
Our doctor recommends Scoliosis surgery in Dubai when the spinal deflection progresses fast, and the spine contorts. Surgery is also indicated for scoliosis treatment for adults. Depending on the spine’s condition, the surgeries can include the following:
- Spinal Fusion:
The spine has vertebrae stacked on one another, with spinal discs present between them. The discs provide stability and flexibility and hold the structure together. In Scoliosis, the side bend disturbs the spine alignment confining vertebrae’s free movement. The spinal fusion surgery fuses two or more vertebrae in one fixed structure to stabilise them, redistribute pressure, and ease movement.
- Rod Installation in Spine:
During the growth years of kids, the spine grows. Therefore, there is a chance of rapid Scoliosis development. Hence, the doctor might install a prosthetic rod that adjusts and grows with the spine.
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