Institute of Spinal Disorders
Orthopedic Spine Surgery & General Orthopedic Surgery located in Hurst, TX & Fort Worth, TX
Scoliosis is a spinal deformity that affects the natural curve of the spine. Robert Myles, MD, FAAOS, at the Institute of Spinal Disorders in Hurst and Fort Worth, Texas, has extensive training and expertise in treating scoliosis, including surgical correction of the spinal deformity. Schedule an appointment by calling the office nearest you or booking one online today.
Scoliosis Q & A
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an abnormal side-to-side curvature of the spine. There are three types of scoliosis:
Congenital scoliosis begins before birth, but a diagnosis may not occur until a child is in their teens. This is the most common type of scoliosis.
Neuromuscular scoliosis develops from underlying disorders such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, or a spinal cord injury.
Degenerative scoliosis affects adults. It develops from the degenerative changes to the spine as you get older.
What are the signs of scoliosis?
Signs of scoliosis vary and may depend on the severity of the deformity. With scoliosis, you may have a visible curve in your back. Or, your shoulders, waist, or hips look uneven.
You may also notice that one shoulder blade sticks out more than the other or the ribs stick out further on one side.
If your scoliosis worsens, you may experience physical symptoms such as:
- Severe back pain
- Limited mobility
- Pain in your legs
- Difficulty breathing
Your worsening scoliosis may also affect your appearance.
How is scoliosis diagnosed?
At the Institute of Spinal Disorders, Dr. Myles diagnoses scoliosis after performing X-rays or an MRI.
He also conducts a comprehensive history and physical to fully understand the extent of your scoliosis and how it affects your current health so he can determine the best treatment options.
How is scoliosis treated?
Dr. Myles creates individual treatment plans for scoliosis based on the severity of the curvature and symptoms. Though a skilled spine surgeon, Dr. Myles first takes a non-surgical approach to care, and your treatment plan may include:
- At-home exercise routine
- On-site physical therapy
- Epidural steroid injections
- Facet joint injections
Dr. Myles works closely with you to help minimize changes in your spine and reduce your risk of complications.
When would I need scoliosis surgery?
If you have severe scoliosis that causes pain, limits mobility, or affects your heart or lung function, Dr. Myles may recommend scoliosis surgery. His goal when performing scoliosis surgery is to stop the side-to-side curvature from getting worse, stabilize your spine, and correct the deformity.
Dr. Myles is a well-renowned spinal surgeon in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and specializes in reconstructive surgery for spinal deformities like scoliosis.
Schedule a consultation at the Institute of Spinal Disorders by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.