Scoliosis

Scoliosis Specialist
Are you or your child a dancer or gymnast suffering from chronic back pain? Has your child been diagnosed with scoliosis? The health care professionals at Got Your Back Total Health in Spring Valley, Maryland, and Washington, DC, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of back disorders, including scoliosis and degenerative bone disease. To learn more about treatment options, call the office or request an appointment online.

Scoliosis Q & A

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves to one side, rather than being straight from the neck downwards. Scoliosis can run in families, but often the cause of scoliosis can’t be determined; this type is called idiopathic scoliosis.

You can develop scoliosis at any age, but it’s most common in children between the ages of 11 and 15 when it’s known as adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).

The effects of scoliosis vary from mild discomfort to severe pain, caused by poor posture, humping of the spine or shoulders, and the strain put on muscles and bones. With scoliosis, as the pressure from the curvature of the spine increases over time, there’s a risk of developing heart and lung problems as well.

Are there different types of scoliosis?

There are two main types of scoliosis. Congenital scoliosis is present at birth, and neurological scoliosis results from damage to the nerves and soft tissues. Both types of scoliosis can cause the spine to curve into either a "C" or an "S" shape.

Scoliosis cases fit into four categories, according to the patient’s age:

Infantile scoliosis

Infantile scoliosis is idiopathic, and affects children under 3, typically developing within the first six months of life.

Juvenile scoliosis

Juvenile scoliosis is also idiopathic, affecting children between the ages of 3 and 9. More girls than boys develop juvenile scoliosis after the age of 6, and research indicates that in 7 out of 10 children, the condition will worsen and require active treatment.

Adolescent scoliosis

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis affects children ages 10-14, and 80% of cases occur in girls. AIS is the most common form of scoliosis in children ages 10-15 and affects 2-3% of this population. Prevalence of scoliosis increases rapidly in children ages 11-14.

Spinal pain is a common condition of AIS. This emphasizes the need for early detection and screening, to minimize the pain and suffering of children.

Adult scoliosis

Adult scoliosis may be pre-existing from childhood or can develop as a result of aging and spinal degeneration. De novo scoliosis occurs in adults with no previous history.

What does research tell us about the rate of scoliosis in children and adults?

Scoliosis research shows that 85% of all cases of scoliosis are idiopathic, and experts estimate that the prevalence of scoliosis in children ages 10 to 15 is 2-3%. The likelihood of developing scoliosis also increases with age; 30% of people over 60 have adult scoliosis.

Prevalence increases rapidly from 11 to 14 years of age, and there’s evidence of high rates of scoliosis among dancers and gymnasts. Research shows that adolescent dancers are at a significantly higher risk of developing scoliosis than non-dancers.

How is scoliosis treated?

The earlier scoliosis is detected and treated, the better the outcome. Bracing is an effective intervention that can halt the progression of your spine’s curvature. Braces support your spine, frame, and muscle tissue, helping to reduce stress and prevent injury. Studies show that in adults with scoliosis, part-time bracing can improve chronic pain and improve your quality of life.

Braces are ideal for young people because they are adjustable, and can be adapted to fit a growing body.

Bracing is far less invasive choice than surgery (used for severe curvature), and when combined with regular rehabilitative exercises, provides an effective option for many patients.  

What is ScoliBrace?

ScoliBrace products are custom-made 3D spinal braces. As scoliosis is a three-dimensional condition, effective treatments must be 3D too. ScoliBrace is easy to wear and versatile, and each patient has a specially designed brace based on 3D full-body laser scanning, X-rays, and posture photos. Braces are created using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM).

Why choose ScoliBrace?

ScoliBrace treatment offers life-changing benefits such as:

  • Reduction of scoliosis curves in infantile, juvenile & AIS cases
  • Reduction of pain and improved posture
  • Improved balance
  • Improved cosmetics, with reduced rib humping, more level shoulders, and a more symmetrical waist
  • Improved posture and physical appearance
  • Better quality of life

How does ScoliBrace work to correct scoliosis?

Scolibrace treatment works because the brace guides your body and spine into a posture which opposes the curvature of scoliosis.

When will Got Your Back Total Health start offering ScoliBrace?

ScoliBrace products at Got Your Back Total Health should be available in early 2019. Call to inquire today!

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