What is Scoliosis?
The most common type seen in children is idiopathic scoliosis. This is a scoliosis that has a typical curvature. This scoliosis typically occurs in school-age children prior to puberty. The scoliosis will show progression, meaning the curve will get larger, as the child grows. Often these deformities will stop progressing after bone growth has stopped and the child has completed puberty. Idiopathic scoliosis is often found in children as a result of school screening programs.
Scoliosis commonly occurs in adults. It is estimated that approximately 1.4 to 68% of adults will have some form of scoliosis. These curves of the spine can be asymptomatic, and also be severely debilitating, depending on the severity of the curve.
Scoliosis that occurs in the adult can be a source of significant pain and disability. The structure of the spine is altered. Therefore the pain can occur in the spine and present as back pain. However, there can also be associated nerve impingement as a result of the structural abnormality causing nerve impingement. This will present as pain or numbness and tingling in the legs. The patient may describe this pain as “sciatica “.
We provide a full variety of treatments for Scoliosis that can help you get back to your normal and active lifestyle: