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Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. While some curves are normal, the side-to-side curvature in the shape of an "S" or a "C" is an abnormal curve that can lead to pain and other difficulties. The first indication of scoliosis is typically found in girls between the ages of 10 and 16. Early diagnosis is important, because the curve may worsen with age.

Early signs of scoliosis include the following: one hip or shoulder appears higher than the other, one shoulder blade protrudes more than the other, ribs may appear higher on one side--especially when bending forward--and the head doesn't look centered over the trunk of the body. If any of these signs are apparent, it's important to have a doctor do a thorough examination to see if the back and ribs are even.

Options for Scoliosis Treatment
In adults, scoliosis may lead to severe pain and difficulty breathing as the rib cage "shifts" to accommodate the pull from the curvature in the spine. Severe cases of scoliosis--regardless of age--may require surgical intervention. Straightening the spine not only relieves pressure on the affected internal organs, it also reduces the compression on nerves in the spinal column.

At The Bonati Institute, surgical scoliosis management is available using the latest arthroscopic laser techniques. All procedures are performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. As an ambulatory surgical center, The Bonati Institute is an advanced surgical facility with highly skilled surgeons and professionals to accurately diagnose and treat scoliosis for patients of any age.


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