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School Smarts: Student physicals should screen for scoliosis

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Back to school physicals for middle and high school students should include a screening for scoliosis. 

Norton Leatherman Spine Center surgeon Dr. John Dimar II explains that scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine to curve either away from the middle or sideways, making it look like an "S" or a "C" rather than a straight line. Some cases are the result of poor muscle control or muscle weakness, traumatic spine or brain injuries, or neurological disorders. Other cases are present at birth and due to problems with spine development. However, the cause of the most common type of scoliosis (idiopathic scoliosis) is not known.

Scoliosis Symptoms and Early Detection

Scoliosis may be a concern if shoulders are uneven, there is a curve in the spine or the pelvis appears to be tilted. Depending on the type of scoliosis, you also may experience fatigue and back pain.

Although most scoliosis is diagnosed in children, it can occur in adults as well. Scoliosis is often unnoticeable in its early stages, so contact your doctor a Norton Leatherman Spine Center specialist, if you believe you or your child might have scoliosis.

Scoliosis Treatment Options

Fortunately, most scoliosis cases do not need to be treated. Your physician may merely recommend close monitoring of the condition to make sure it does not get worse. If scoliosis treatment is necessary, it is based on the type of scoliosis, the size and location of the curve, and the stage of bone development.

Norton Leatherman Spine Center specialists may recommend:

Bracing - uses pressure to slow curve progression
Spine surgery - only is recommended for those with curves greater than 45 degrees.

For information about scoliosis, CLICK HERE.

Norton Leatherman Spine Center
210 East Gray Street Suite 900
Gray Street Medical Bldg
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-584-7525

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