Scoliosis 2

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Some people who have scoliosis require treatment. Other people, who have milder curves, may need to visit their doctor for periodic observation only. Dr. Edward Hill discusses scoliosis treatment in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Most cases of scoliosis are mild, involving small curves in the spine that do not get worse. These curves are usually less than 10 degrees. In moderate or severe cases of scoliosis, the curves continue to progress. During periods of growth, the curves may get worse.

The goal of treatment for scoliosis is to prevent the progression of a spinal curve and to correct or stabilize a severe spinal curve. Fortunately, less than 10 percent of people with spinal curves greater than 10 degrees require treatment. Many children are screened for scoliosis in school.

Three types of treatment options are available for scoliosisobservation, bracing and surgery. Non-surgical treatment includes regular observation by a doctor every four to six months to check for any curve progression. The physician may recommend a brace to stop a spinal curve from getting worse.

Severe cases of scoliosis may require surgery. Metal rods may be inserted to straighten or fuse the spine together so that the curve cannot get worse.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.