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While many scoliosis patients today mistakenly believe there is no treatment option available for their scoliosis or that as an adult their scoliosis condition cannot be treated, the Baylor Scoliosis Center offers hope.
Great advances in the scoliosis diagnosis and treatment of this condition have been made in recent years and the staff at the Baylor Scoliosis Center specializes in offering each scoliosis patient the appropriate option for his or her situation.
We also focus on both the physical and emotional effects that dealing with scoliosis is taking on our patients. We have also created a way for patients considering scoliosis surgery to be linked with previous patients who are at various stages of recovery and have them talk. Connecting potential scoliosis patients with past successes has been one of the most powerful tools we have used to help our patients here at the Baylor Scoliosis Center.
Many of the scoliosis patients seen at the Baylor Scoliosis Center do not require surgery to correct their condition. It is critical to observe pediatric patients closely just before and during their adolescent growth spurt to identify curves that are progressing rapidly and often at long-term intervals to verify that curves remain stable over time.
For large curves in skeletally immature children or curves that have progressed in a child who is still growing, braces are commonly recommended. Braces might reduce the chance a childhood curvature will progress to the point of requiring surgery.
School scoliosis screening programs try and identify children at risk for spinal curvature progression early so they can be braced and minimize their chances of curve progression requiring surgery. Once an adult reaches skeletal maturity however, there is little evidence that wearing a brace will change the progression of a curvature.
Physical therapy has not been shown to alter the rates of curve progression, but strengthening and conditioning programs are often beneficial in improving back pain symptoms in both pediatric and adult patients. Well-conditioned patients often experience fewer symptoms and if surgery is needed, often have an easier time in the post surgery and recovery periods.
Many adult patients undergo intensive physical therapy following their surgical procedures, often beginning with a short inpatient rehabilitation stay, followed by continued outpatient or home therapy.
For scoliosis patients who are experiencing an increase in curvature and are in pain, surgery may help re-establish spinal alignment and reduce pain. Scoliosis surgeries are serious and complex, and there are many steps to these procedures. For pediatric scoliosis patients, these procedures usually take between two and three hours and adults take from four to six hours. Adults sometimes need more than one procedure - one done from the front and one done from the back. Typically, this can be done in one operation, but other times, it is best to separate it into two procedures.
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