Scoliosis or curvature of the spine can be a debilitating disease, but there are effective treatments available. The curvature in the spine can occur in any of the three sections: cervical, thoracic or lumbar. Depending on the severity and location, treatments can vary from conservative physical therapy to spine surgery. At DOCS Health, we offer scoliosis treatment for all areas of the spine at our medical facility in Los Angeles, CA.
Scoliosis refers to a curvature of the spine that goes to the left or right of the expected straight vertical position. Cervical scoliosis is a rare condition compared to other regions of the spine, which results in the cervical spine curving to the left or right in the neck. This can result in a host of complications, from asymmetry of the head and shoulders to deformities in the skull and chest. Most cases of cervical scoliosis are idiopathic and occur in childhood, but there are hereditary and disease factors.
The thoracic spine in the upper to mid back is the most common place for scoliosis to occur. Thoracic scoliosis presents with a sideways curvature in the mid to upper back, usually in children during their growth spurt from ages 10-15. It can also occur in older adults due to a variety of conditions. Since the thoracic spine connects to the ribcage and shoulders, this type of scoliosis can impact the shoulder height/symmetry and the lungs or other internal chest organs.
The lower spine or lumbar region can be susceptible to scoliosis, resulting in a “C” shaped curve to the left or right. Lumbar scoliosis can occur on its own, or with thoracic scoliosis, which can result in a “S” shaped spine. Low back scoliosis can appear in early childhood or may be caused by degenerative spine diseases later in life.
Scoliosis treatment can be effective at limiting the curvature of the spine in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar region in both children and adults. Treatments can vary from physical therapy and braces to spine surgery. To learn more about scoliosis treatment, contact our team at DOCS Health in Beverly Hills, CA.