Scoliosis is a condition characterized by an unnatural curvature of the spine, often resulting in noticeable posture issues that require correction. It occurs most often during growth spurts just before children begin puberty. It’s estimated that around 3% of adolescents have scoliosis.
While the majority of scoliosis cases are mild, the condition can lead to spine deformities that get more severe as the person grows. Severe cases of scoliosis can be disabling if left untreated.
Symptoms of Scoliosis
Indications and symptoms of scoliosis can include:
- Uneven shoulders
- One shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other
- Uneven waist
- One hip raised higher than the other when standing
- Ribs appearing to stick outward on one side
Scoliosis Risk Factors
- Age — particularly during the growth spurt just before puberty
- Poor posture
- Girls have a higher risk of the curve worsening and thus requiring treatment
- Family history
If you are your child are looking for diagnosis or treatment options for scoliosis, the staff at the Oklahoma Center for Spine and Pain Solutions would love to visit with you about your next steps. Our team is fully equipped to properly diagnose and recommend treatment options, and we are often able to see new patients the same week they contact us.