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Home » Conditions » Scoliosis


What To Do When Life Throws You a Curve

Scoliosis is the most common abnormal curvature of the spine, which occurs most often just before puberty, and is more common in girls than in boys. Simply defined, scoliosis is a sideways curve of the spine. Instead of a straight line down the middle of the back, a spine with scoliosis curves, sometimes looking like a letter “C” or “S.” A patient with scoliosis may have one hip higher than the other, and frequently one shoulder blade appears more prominent than the other.



Pinpoint your pain.

The severity of the spine’s curve determines, in large part, the severity of the symptoms experienced.Some of the symptoms include:

  • Back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Shoulders and/or hips at different heights
  • Difficulty sitting or standing for prolonged periods
  • Changes in skin over the spine (color, texture, hair)
  • Leaning of entire body to one side


Get the answers you need.

Diagnosing scoliosis begins with a physical exam, including a forward bending test, to define the degree of spinal curve. If a curve is found during the exam, X-rays or MRIs can be taken to more accurately identify its severity. The physician may also perform a neurological exam to test for changes in strength, reflexes and sensation.



Life’s too short to put up with pain.

The orthopaedic surgeons at Kayal Orthopaedic Center provide patients with expert treatment for scoliosis. Once the diagnosis is complete, a treatment plan is developed based upon the size and location of the curve, the age of the patient, and the symptoms experienced. Ideally, if treatment is required, a brace can be used to slow the progression of the curve. In the case of very severe scoliosis, a surgical procedure may be prescribed. Through the insertion of pedicle screws and hooks at various points in the spine in conjunction with rods, the spine is straightened. The rods are then locked in position and a bone graft is applied to create a fusion, to prevent further curve progression.


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