Scoliosis Treatment at Medical City Frisco

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The spine specialists and specially trained neurosurgeons at Medical City Frisco provide advanced, patient-centered spine and scoliosis care, which means each patient receives an individualized treatment plan tailored specifically for his or her needs. From diagnosis to curvature progression tracking to bracing and surgery, we use the least invasive treatment options to help detect, halt and correct pediatric, adolescent and adult degenerative scoliosis.

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine and is often diagnosed in children during a routine school screening or annual physical exam. However, adults can be diagnosed with congenital scoliosis later in life or develop functional and/or degenerative scoliosis as the result of an underlying condition that affects spine alignment. Scoliosis symptoms can range from mild and barely noticeable to debilitating and life-threatening if left untreated. People with scoliosis often have no symptoms, especially children. Treatment is based on the severity of the curve, degeneration of vertebral bodies, extent of pain and functional status of patient with regard to ambulation and daily activities.

Treatment Goals for Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Scoliosis

  • Stop the progression of scoliosis
  • Lessen the severity of the curvature with surgery
  • Restore spinal alignment and decompress neural elements to improve pain and functional outcomes

Symptoms of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Scoliosis is often hard to detect because of an initial lack of symptoms, which is why the school screening process exists. A professional screening is more likely to catch scoliosis before it progresses and becomes noticeable to the patient and family members. If symptoms do exist, here’s what to look for.

  • Cosmetic asymmetry
    • Uneven shoulder blades
    • Uneven hip bones
    • Prominent shoulder blades or ribs on one side
    • Uneven waist
    • Appearance of leaning to one side
  • Muscle fatigue after sitting for long periods
  • Back pain

Symptoms of Adult Degenerative Scoliosis

Degenerative adult scoliosis happens over time. It’s caused by the progressive degeneration of structures in the spine leading to incorrect alignment of the spinal column. A recent study of elderly adults showed that more than 60% had symptoms of adult degenerative scoliosis. With an aging population and an increased attention to quality of life, degenerative scoliosis has become a considerable healthcare concern, not only cosmetically, but also as a cause of significant pain and disability.

Traditionally, attention was given to childhood and adolescent scoliosis, while adult scoliosis was treated by only a handful of surgeons. Over the past decade, however, advancements in surgical techniques, tools and technology have revolutionized the management of spinal deformity in adults. The adult scoliosis specialists at Medical City Frisco are on the leading edge of these advancements, delivering modern care to help achieve the best possible results.

At Medical City Frisco, we know that every patient is unique. While treatment plans are customized to each person’s specific needs, our goal is the same for all of our patients: to reduce pain and discomfort while improving mobility and quality of life with scoliosis.

The adult scoliosis experts at Medical City Frisco offer a variety of nonsurgical options, from watchful surveillance with physical therapy to interventions such as injections and blocks. If surgery is recommended, an array of procedures including decompression and anterior, posterior or combined fusion may be used, with the goal of restoring and stabilizing spinal balance. Scoliosis surgeons work with patients and their primary healthcare providers to explain the risks and benefits of each procedure and to create the best treatment plan possible.

Scoliosis Surgery at Medical City Frisco

Surgery for scoliosis is reserved for only the most severe cases in which curvatures are greater than 40 to 50 degrees and the condition is not responding to other treatments in adolescents. In adults, surgery is offered in cases of deteriorating functional status and increased pain despite aggressive conservative treatments with physical therapy and spinal injections. If surgery is recommended, Medical City Frisco has a dedicated group of experienced scoliosis specialists and surgeons committed to increasing patients’ health and quality of life by using advanced, minimally invasive treatments, tools and technology.