Scoliosis is a progressive condition that leads to the sideways curvature of your spinal column. Scoliosis surgery is used to prevent the curvature from worsening while correcting the deformity, thereby straightening your spinal column. Dr. Brian McHugh is a scoliosis specialist on Long Island who applies the latest minimally invasive spine surgical techniques to address pediatric and adult scoliosis. However, he prefers treating scoliosis without surgical intervention, so he exhausts all non-operative treatment options (medications, injections, physical therapy, spinal brace, etc.) before recommending scoliosis surgery.
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What is scoliosis?
The human spine consists of a few natural curves, such as the gentle arch of the lower back and the cervical spine curves, i.e., the neck region. However, scoliosis is the sideways abnormal curvature of the spine, i.e., when your spine develops an “S” or “C” shaped appearance. Scoliosis can affect your body’s overall balance, making your hips, legs, and shoulder seem uneven. If you have scoliosis, it may seem like you have unevenly-sized legs, or one of your ribs and shoulders may protrude further out than the other.
Scoliosis can affect both children and adults but for different reasons. Children and adolescents usually suffer from congenital or “idiopathic” scoliosis, i.e., there’s no identifiable root cause for their scoliosis. Adults usually develop scoliosis because of underlying degenerative spinal conditions, such as degenerative disc disease, arthritis, etc. Dr. McHugh runs a wide range of diagnostic tests to determine the root cause of your scoliosis before curating a treatment plan customized to address your unique concerns.
What are the scoliosis treatment options?
Reputable neurological surgeons always recommend a wide range of non-operative treatments before considering scoliosis surgery. If you’re suffering from scoliosis due to underlying degenerative diseases, the surgeon may recommend medications, corticosteroid injections, or physical therapy to address the underlying issue. Children with mild scoliosis may be given a brace scoliosis treatment to prevent their spinal curvature from progressing further. Scoliosis surgery is considered if all non-surgical options fail and your spinal curvature continues worsening or if you’re already suffering from severe scoliosis.
Contact us at McHugh Neurosurgery if you would like to speak to a scoliosis specialist on Long Island.