Your spine is the backbone of your entire body, allowing you to stand upright, move, and perform an amazing range of activities. While a straight spine is considered normal, you may have a slight or more severe curve causing an orthopedic condition known as scoliosis.
Scoliosis in children can cause changes in posture and become more pronounced with growth. Scoliosis screening helps identify the condition early and allows ones of our experts at Dignity Health Central Coast to recommend a treatment.
If you or your child needs care for scoliosis on the Central Coast of California, Find a Doctor today to learn more about scoliosis from a trusted orthopedic doctor.
Identifying Scoliosis Symptoms at Dignity Health Central Coast
Scoliosis rarely causes pain. When the curvature of scoliosis is very slight, you or your child may not even know you have it.
As a child with scoliosis gets older, one hip may sit higher or ribs on one side will stick out farther than the other. Uneven shoulders or one shoulder blade sticking out more on one side also can be a sign of scoliosis.
While the exact cause of scoliosis remains unknown, orthopedic doctors at Dignity Health Central Coast understand that it tends to run in families.
Personalized Scoliosis Treatment
Scoliosis treatment options depend on the size of the curvature and whether the person is still growing. Small curves may not require any treatment.
A Dignity Health Central Coast doctor may recommend back bracing for more prominent curves. A back brace will not straighten the spine, but can prevent the curve from getting worse.
Curves that start out very large, or curves that continue to intensify, can increase the chances of complications, such as changes in lung function. Spinal fusion, a type of spine surgery, can help resolve these symptoms.
Talk to a Dignity Health doctor about about early screening and treatment for scoliosis on the Central Coast.
Dignity Health’s trusted doctors effectively diagnose and offer personalized care for scoliosis on the Central Coast of California.