Scoliosis Signs & Treatment
Ahead of the Curve, the scoliosis program at Neuroscience Group, features experts who specialize in spine care including neurosurgeons, nurse practitioners, pain management, physical therapy and registered nurses. This comprehensive offering helps meet all the needs of our scoliosis patients.
How do you know you’re getting the very best scoliosis care?
At Neuroscience Group we strive to treat every patient like part of our family with compassionate, personalized care. Since scoliosis patients grow at different rates and have unique needs, Dr. Bhattacharjee will make an individualized plan of care for your child that focuses on conservative treatments. He is more than willing to sit down with families and discuss all potential solutions. Surgery is considered as a last option for many patients.
Several things are used to determine the proper treatment of scoliosis. He will take the following factors into account when developing your individual plan:
• Curve size
• Location of the curve (upper thoracic, mid thoracic, lumbar)
• Patient age
• How much growth progression of your spine is left (Age, the timing of first menstrual cycle in girls, and the status of pelvic and hand growth plates are all things that your provider will use to determine how much spine growth is left)
As a highly dedicated doctor for scoliosis treatment, Dr. Bhattacharjee and his team will use your information to determine the progress of your curve and discuss what that means for you and your family.
Meet Dr. B!
Sumon Bhattarcharjee M.D., FACS
Dr. Bhattacharjee is a neurosurgeon who focuses on the treatment of illnesses involving the brain, spine and spinal cord. Dr. Bhattacharjee has a special interest in managing patients with scoliosis. He has received specialized training in surgical interventions related to spinal deformities (scoliosis) in adults and pediatric patients. He is also trained in minimally invasive spine surgery.
Our providers work collaboratively in a care team model.
Christine A. Munson, APNP
“I want to help empower my patients and families to take an active role in their healthcare, as well as offer them the guidance they need to feel informed.”
Your Scoliosis Questions Answered by Dr. B!
Real questions asked by real teens who’ve been affected by scoliosis: Dr. Sumon Bhattacharjee of Neuroscience Group talks with a group of high school students helping them understand the basics of scoliosis in teens scoliosis treatment options. What is scoliosis? Is scoliosis genetic? is there a scoliosis test? How does scoliosis progress? No question is off limits!
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a side-to-side curvature of the spine that is >10 degrees when measured on an XRAY. This curve (or crooked spine) may resemble an S or C. The curve can be in the upper, middle or lower spine.
What are the signs of scoliosis?
Common signs of scoliosis are:
- One shoulder blade is more noticeable than the other
- Clothing hangs unevenly
- One hip is higher than the other
- Uneven waist
What DOESN’T cause scoliosis?
Posture and/or use of a backpack are NOT causes of scoliosis.
What DOES cause scoliosis?
Adolescent “idiopathic” scoliosis is a genetic condition. The word idiopathic means unknown, as it is unknown why the curve develops. A family may have more than one member with scoliosis, meaning it is inherited.
We classify scoliosis based on age when symptoms begin.
· Infantile: occurring when a child is < 3 years of age
· Juvenile: occurring between ages of 4-9
· Adolescent: occurring between ages 10-17
· Adult Degenerative Scoliosis: occurring in adults due to degenerative disc disease, and arthritis that affects the facet joints.
More About Our Scoliosis Treatment
How is scoliosis treated and managed?
OBSERVE: Patients with curves >25 degrees will be monitored closely for progression of the curve. This will include regularly scheduled visits and xrays.
BRACING: If your curve is 20-25 degrees & 40-45 degrees your provider might recommend a brace for you during growth spurts to try to prevent further curving of the spine. Bracing will not fix the curve.
- Research shows that bracing works only when there is spine growth potential left. Once the spine is fully grown, bracing will NOT be beneficial.
- The Boston Brace is the most studied brace for scoliosis and therefore is the brace we prefer at NSG. This is a custom fit brace to ensure exact fit for each patient.
- Research shows that for ANY brace to be effective for preventing progress of scoliosis curvature it must be worn 18 hours continuously.
EXERCISE/PHYSICAL THERAPY: Chiropractic care, specific exercises, yoga & physical therapy can be used along with bracing to promote and maintain flexibility and core strength. These activities will not “fix” or “cure” scoliosis.
SUPPORT: Joining a support group and taking advantage of resources in your community can help you and your family overcome obstacles and identify opportunities with your diagnosis.
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