Scoliosis Care & Treatment
His experience and compassion for his patients ensures you can trust your spine needs to him and his care team.
How do you know you’re getting the very best scoliosis care?
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!
Suman Bhattarcharjee M.D., FACS
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!
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.
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
Posture and/or use of a backpack are NOT causes of 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 in Neenah, WI
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.
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.