Scoliosis is one of the most common disorders in children, affecting about 3 to 5% of the population. It is characterized by a sideways curvature of the spine, which can be either mild or severe. Scoliosis can be congenital (present from birth) or occur later in life.

What are the Common Symptoms of Scoliosis?

The symptoms of scoliosis depend on the severity of your curve and where it’s located on your spine. Here are some of the common symptoms:

  • Uneven shoulders
  • One shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other
  • One hip higher than the other
  • Uneven waistline
  • One side of the rib cage sticks out more than the other
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Common Causes of Scoliosis

There are no definitive causes of scoliosis, but there are several theories. Genetics is thought to play a role, as the condition often runs in families. It is also more common in girls than boys. Some other possible causes include:

  • Neuromuscular conditions, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy
  • Birth defects of the spine
  • Injuries to the spine

Risk Factors for Scoliosis

There are several risk factors that may increase your chances of developing scoliosis, such as:
The condition is most common in children aged 10-15.
Family History
If you have a family member with scoliosis, you’re more likely to develop it yourself.
While scoliosis can appear in both sexes, it is more common in girls.

Treatment for Scoliosis

Mild scoliosis usually doesn’t require treatment. In severe cases, however, surgery may be necessary to prevent the curve from progressing. Some of the common treatment options for scoliosis include:
A brace can be worn to stop the curve from getting worse.
In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the curve. Spinal fusion is the most common type of surgery used to treat scoliosis.
Spine and Rib Growing Rods
These are implanted rods that are used to straighten the spine gradually.

Schedule an Appointment for Scoliosis Treatment in Minnesota Today

If you are concerned that you or your child may have scoliosis, get in touch with Dr. Hart Garner. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about your treatment options.