Metro Pain and Vein Centers

Pain Management Physicians & Vein Specialists located in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, NJ & Staten Island and Ardsley, NY

If you or your child has scoliosis, know that there’s help available. The experts at Metro Pain and Vein Centers can stop its progression in children and manage its effects in adults. They have convenient locations in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, New Jersey, and Staten Island and Ardsley, New York. Book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Scoliosis Q & A

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis occurs when the spine begins to grow in an S- or C-shape. Scoliosis most commonly occurs during the growth spurt just before puberty, between the ages of 10 and 12. However, it can affect adults, too. If a man or woman gets it in childhood, they can continue to deal with its effects into adulthood. Furthermore, a man or woman can develop it in adulthood due to a condition, such as arthritis or lumbar disc degeneration.

Many cases of scoliosis in children are temporary. Oftentimes, the curve will even out on its own as the child continues to grow. However, it’s important to monitor scoliosis because it can cause serious consequences if it progresses, including harming mobility and interfering with lung function.

When does scoliosis require treatment?

Treatment for scoliosis depends on the age of the patient. For children, your doctor at Metro Pain and Vein Centers will recommend follow-up appointments every 4-6 months to see if the curve worsens or corrects itself as your child grows. If there is no improvement, your doctor will recommend treatment. For adults with adult-onset scoliosis or persistent symptoms of childhood scoliosis, your doctor will recommend treatment if pain or mobility issues are interfering with your everyday life.

The treatment for scoliosis depends on the risk of worsening and how far the curvature has progressed. Risk factors include:

  • Gender: Women and girls are more likely to have scoliosis that worsens over time

  • Degree of curve: Larger curves are more likely to get worse over time, especially curves that are shaped like an S
  • Position of curve: Curves in the center of the spine have a higher chance of getting worse than curves in the upper or lower spine
  • Bone maturity: Your curvature is more likely to worsen if your bones are still growing

An X-ray will confirm the presence of scoliosis, but the condition is often outwardly visible. If the shoulders or waist appear to be uneven, or one shoulder blade sticks out more than the other, scoliosis may be the cause.

How is scoliosis treated?

Scoliosis can cause pain in the lower back and impact mobility. To treat these symptoms, the doctors at Metro Pain and Vein Centers may perform chiropractic manipulations and electrical muscle stimulation to improve mobility and relieve pressure on the nerves.

If scoliosis is detected in your child, your doctor will regularly monitor the curvature. If your child’s bones are still growing and the curvature appears to be getting worse, your doctor may recommend a brace to stabilize their spine.

To get help for scoliosis, book an appointment online or over the phone with Metro Pain and Vein Centers today.