A sideways curvature of the spine, called scoliosis, can occur in children and adults. Common symptoms of scoliosis include low or mid-back pain or stiffness, feeling a sense of leaning to one side, sciatica (pain radiating down the leg), numbness or weakness in the legs, difficulty walking or standing for longer periods of time, and a sense of imbalance.
When nonsurgical approaches to treat the symptoms associated with scoliosis don’t bring relief, your doctor may discuss surgical correction with you. The goals of surgery can include stopping the progression of the curve, improving your balance, reducing the deformity and/or relieving the pressure on your spinal nerves caused by the curvature.1
A more in depth look at the individual steps of this procedure as well as tips for preparing for and recovering from a pediatric scoliosis correction.
A more in depth look at the individual steps of this procedure as well as tips for preparing for and recovering from an adult scoliosis correction.
- Baaj A. Scoliosis surgery. Spine-health. 26 Jan. 2017. www.spine-health.com/conditions/scoliosis/scoliosis-surgery
In general, surgical treatment options presented by your surgeon are aimed at relieving pressure on nerve roots in an attempt to address pain.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SPINE SURGERY
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