Scoliosis Treatment 101: What You Need to Know from MISI

By March 11, 2015 Spine Relief 7 Comments


About two to three percent of Americans today suffer from a condition known as scoliosis, an abnormal curvature in the spine. While many choose not to deal with it, those with severe cases can consider long-lasting scoliosis treatment to drastically improve their spine condition.

Scoliosis refers to an abnormal, sideways curvature of the spine.  A normal spine from a back view looks straight from top to bottom with no curvature. Scoliosis is not a disease, but instead describes a structural abnormality in the body.

The spine provides major support for our bodies to stand upright. Deformity in the spine arises from congenital, neuromuscular, degenerative or idiopathic (no identifiable cause) conditions. Idiopathic represents the most common cause of scoliosis in children, while degenerative scoliosis occurs most frequently in adults. Degenerative scoliosis results commonly from traumatic bone collapse, osteoporosis or osteoarthritis. Scoliosis can run in families, with girls more commonly afflicted with severe scoliosis.

A person with scoliosis may show signs of fatigue or possibly exhibit no symptoms at all as pain rarely occurs except in severe or degenerative causes.

Symptoms of scoliosis appear as any of the following:

  • One shoulder appears higher than the other
  • Shoulder blade on one side protrudes more
  • Rib cage appears imbalanced
  • Uneven hips
  • Waist appears to be uneven
  • Body leans to one side
  • One leg may look shorter
  • Difficult breathing, limited mobility and pain in severe cases


Adult scoliosis treatment can vary depending on the severity of signs and symptoms.  Most cases of scoliosis appear to be mild and can be monitored over time with X-rays. Mild cases require no treatment. If severe spinal curvature is present, it can reduce the space in the chest needed for the heart and lung, most likely requiring surgery. Surgery can also keep scoliosis from deteriorating and stop the rotation and twisting of the spine.

In the past, moderate to severe scoliosis cases required scoliosis treatment with open back surgery, but medical advances have allowed for new surgical options. Surgeons can now perform minimally invasive surgery to correct the abnormal curvature of the spine and relieve pain. Minimally invasive spine surgery does not cut across muscle or use expandable retractors that prolong recovery after surgery. With scoliosis treatment by minimally invasive spine surgery, the pain and discomfort of open back surgery is avoided and recovery is quicker.


  • Rufina Mostero says:

    I have a severe scoliosis that started on my adolescent stage. I am 57 year old now and I have my exercise to avoid pain.
    Hiw I wish to know more on how to minimize the pain and remedy.

    • sdavis says:

      Hi Rufina,
      We’re sorry to hear you’re struggling with pain related to scoliosis. We’d like to offer help if possible. Please give us a call at (972) 884-4400 to speak with our specialists about your case and potential pain relief options. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Barbara Stanley says:

    i am 75 was diagnosed when I was 68. Am in pain in shoulders & back. Hips and waist uneven. Can’t stand or walk for long periods. No pain when lying flat on back. Must sleep on very soft surface. Hips hurt when I try to lay on them. Otherwise health is excellent. Would love additional information

    • sdavis says:

      Hi Barbara,
      We’re sorry to hear you’re struggling with pain from adult scoliosis. We’d like to hear more about your case and see if we can offer any help. Please give us a call at (855) 339-4481 so we can speak with you and learn about appropriate pain relief options for your case.

  • Ruth says:

    My 15 year old daughter has scoliosis. She was diagnosed at 12, she visits the hospital (clinic) every 6 months where new xrays are done and assessed. Being told that it will be surgically corrected when she has stopped growing. Is this the normal way of handling the condition?

    • MISI says:

      Hi Ruth,

      Your daughter should be consulting with a pediatric spine specialist on a regular basis. Every 6 months is a typical period for reevaluation. This allows her physician to ensure the curvature is not progressing drastically.

      Typically in young women, the spine stops growing a year after menses. Pediatric scoliosis is managed through observation, bracing or surgery. If the curve is very small, observation every 6 months is common. If there is no increase in her curve, no surgery is performed. If the curve is medium, a brace is used to maintain the curve at the same degree as when the brace is used but cannot correct the curve. Visits are also every 6 months to ensure the brace is holding the degree of curvature. The last option of surgery is used when a patient has a significant curve and there is no point in bracing.

      If a young patient needs surgery, a physician will usually schedule the surgery during school breaks to allow as little disruption to normal life as possible. If the curve is progressing significantly, then surgery is suggested sooner rather than later.

  • sdavis says:

    Hi Tina, please give us a call at (855) 339-4481 to learn more about our treatment of scoliosis and pain relief options. We look forward to speaking with you!

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