Everyone has a certain amount of curvature in their spines. However, scoliosis is a condition where a person has a sideways curvature of their back bone. Scoliosis only affects 2 to 3 percent of the population, though girls are diagnosised more often than boys. Some of the early warning signs of scoliosis include uneven shoulders, an uneven waist or elevated hips. These typically become more noticable between the ages of 8 to 12 years old. If you see similar symptoms, you should contact your family doctor to setup an appiontment.
Most cases of scoliosis do not require treatment. Generally, your physician will recommend periodic check-ups and x-rays to make sure the condition doesn’t worsen. If treatment is required, the two main foms of treatment are wearing a brace or surgery. The recommended treatment will be based on the severity of the curvature in the spine.
At UAMS, we have a spine deformity specialist in our Orthopaedics Department who focuses on helping individuals with scoliosis. To learn more about our spine services, or to request an appointment, please contact UAMS at 501-686-8000.
These programs were first broadcast the week of October 19, 2009.
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