Scoliosis is a condition that causes an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. Though frequently diagnosed in childhood, scoliosis can be caused in adulthood, or allowed to let a child with scoliosis develop into an adult without prior treatment. Scoliosis in adults, however, offers unique challenges for treatment because the patient is finished growing and the body is less flexible as a result. There are still many effective treatment options, however, and we work hard to ensure that our patients get the results they want.
The majority of treatment for adult scoliosis is non-operative, meant to treat whatever associated symptoms of the affliction are present, including back pain, osteoporosis and posture problems. When surgery is needed, however, the approach can vary depending on the severity and location of the curvature. Surgical options can include osteotomy (removal of bone), vertebral column resection (removal of entire vertebra), spinal fusion and more. Recovery time depends on the type and severity of the surgery performed, but patients can typically expect to be back to active lifestyles within three to nine months following the surgery.