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During this time of public health concern, Ohio State Spine Care remains open, but many appointments may take place via telehealth wherever it’s possible and appropriate. For all in-person visits, you can feel confident that our locations are safe. We’ve taken significant measures to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19 and worked tirelessly to ensure that our patients are protected. Please call our office at 614-293-BACK(2225) to schedule. Be sure to visit our special COVID-19 patient and Telehealth webpages for more information.
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis causes a sideways curve of your backbone, or spine. The curve is often S- or C-shaped. Scoliosis most commonly occurs in late childhood and early teens, when children grow quickly. Girls are more likely to have it than boys. It can run in families. Symptoms include leaning to one side and having uneven shoulders and hips.
Doctors use your medical and family history, a physical exam and imaging tests to diagnose scoliosis. Treatment depends on your age, how much more you are likely to grow, how much curving there is and whether the curve is temporary or permanent. People with mild scoliosis might only need checkups to monitor if the curve is getting worse. Others might need to wear a brace or have surgery.
What is kyphosis?
Kyphosis, another spinal deformity, is an excessive curvature of the upper back, often with rounded shoulders. It also is called round back, hunchback or dowager’s hump. Kyphosis can occur at any age, although rarely at birth. In severe cases, it can cause pain or breathing difficulties due to pressure on the lungs.
Causes of kyphosis include:
- Degenerative diseases of the spine, such as arthritis or disc degeneration
- Muscle weakness or poor posture
- Spine injury
- Slipping of one vertebra (spine bone) forward on another—a condition called spondylolisthesis
- Scheuermann’s disease (wedging together of several spine bones in young people; cause is unknown)
Treatment for kyphosis ranges from back exercises and physical therapy in mild cases to surgery to correct severe curvature.
Source: NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
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