In the following videos, Christopher DeWald, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Rush University Medical Center, discusses the symptoms of scoliosis, whether boys get scoliosis, and when bracing and surgery are appropriate treatment options. Double-click to view a larger video.
What are the signs of scoliosis?
Scoliosis doesn't cause pain or disability except in the most extreme cases. Usually, it's diagnosed after a doctor or family member notices an abnormal S-shaped curvature of the spine.
Do boys get scoliosis?
Although roughly 80 percent of scoliosis patients are female, boys do get scoliosis and have the same symptoms as girls.
When are braces used to treat scoliosis?
Braces have long been the standard of care for scoliosis, although braces today are far less cumbersome than the braces of a few decades ago. The brace helps to control the curve as the patient grows, so bracing is not a good option for patients who are done growing.
When is surgery necessary?
Surgery is considered a last option, but spine specialists at Rush evaluate each patient to determine the best course of treatment. For adults, surgery can help to relieve debilitating pain that affects quality of life.