Our spine team is devoted to providing the best care and prompt evaluation to all patients. Regardless of where you are in your care journey, we are here for you, both in person and virtually. To request an appointment, please call 877-777-2134 or fill out an online appointment request form. To refer a patient, please call 1-800-MD-TO-BWH (1-800-638-6294) or see our list of referral options.
The spine care specialists at Brigham and Women's Hospital have extensive experience in addressing the pain and curvature of the spine associated with everything from the most common to the most severe, complex cases of scoliosis.
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. While most people's spine naturally curves slightly, people with scoliosis have a spine that curves too much so that the spine bends from side to side in an unnatural "C" or "S" shape.
Scoliosis usually appears during preadolescence or adolescence, and is more likely in girls than boys. In most cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown, but it is sometimes hereditary and at other times it is caused by degeneration of the spinal discs, as in arthritis or osteoporosis. While most people with scoliosis do not have symptoms, some may have backaches, may feel tired after sitting or standing for a long time, or may have problems related to uneven hips or shoulders.
The goal of scoliosis treatment is to stop the progression of the curve and prevent deformity. Specific treatment options depend on the cause of scoliosis, where the curve is in the spine, how big the curve is, and if the patient's body is still growing.
There are three basic approaches to scoliosis treatment:
The spine specialists at Brigham and Women's Hospital provide a wide array of medical and surgical treatment for patients with spine disorders, including scoliosis treatment. Our spine team includes spine surgeons, spine physiatrists, and pain management specialists who accurately diagnose patients and provide a complete range of surgical and non-surgical treatment options. We also provide comprehensive treatment for patients whose diseases cause spinal instability, spinal cord compression, curvatures, and bony disruptions, including rheumatoid arthritis treatment and osteoporosis treatment.
Minimally invasive surgical techniques, while not possible for all spine conditions, may be an option for many patients, even those who need scoliosis treatment. Our spine surgeons are expert at performing minimally invasive spine surgery, which uses smaller incisions and results in lower risk of infection, less blood loss, and faster recovery times.
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