Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that typically occurs during the growth spurt just before puberty, between the ages of 10 – 12, although some types of scoliosis appear much sooner.
Most cases of pediatric scoliosis are mild and don’t require treatment, but some children develop spine deformities that get worse as they grow, and must be treated.
Adult scoliosis is typically the result of untreated childhood scoliosis, but it also may result from a degenerative joint condition. Symptoms include pain and stiffness in the lower back; numbness, cramping, or shooting pain in the legs; fatigue due to unusual strain on muscles, back, and legs.
Severe scoliosis can be disabling. An especially severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for the lungs to function properly.
BSSNY orthopedic surgeons are highly skilled in treating adult and pediatric scoliosis patients with the utmost care, expertise, and compassion.