Scoliosis is a spinal condition that manifests as a sideways, abnormal curving of the spine. It typically occurs in younger children – often during growth spurts – and if detected early, it can be closely monitored, treated and contained as a somewhat mild condition. It can, however, be a symptom of a more serious, underlying condition, such as muscular dystrophy, for example.
There are a few visible, outward indicators that someone might have scoliosis. If you note unevenness in the height of the shoulders or the balance of the hips; if one shoulder blade appears to protrude further or sit at a noticeably different angle than the other; or, in severe cases, if the spine continues to twist and rotate, it can affect the positioning of the ribs.
At Atlanta Spine Surgery, our experts use the most advanced imaging technology to detect scoliosis in its earliest stages. Treatment options range from braces to corrective surgery, but we’ll explore every alternative before deciding which is best for you.