Approximately 90 percent of scoliosis cases are idiopathic, making it the most common type. Idiopathic means that doctors can’t pinpoint the cause of the spinal curvature.
Idiopathic scoliosis is classified by the age at which it occurs, falling into one of four categories:
The curvature of idiopathic scoliosis varies from person to person, with mild curves being more common than severe curves. In children and adolescents who are still growing, the curve can worsen rapidly during a growth spurt. While this type of scoliosis can develop in younger children, it most often begins during puberty. Both boys and girls can be affected, however, girls are more likely to develop severe curves that require medical care.
In children and adolescents, small curves often go unnoticed until they hit a growth spurt during puberty and there are more obvious signs, such as:
Adult idiopathic scoliosis is a continuation of the disease from childhood. The scoliosis may have started during your teenage years and gone unnoticed, not progressing until you reached adulthood. This form of scoliosis can effect both the thoracic and lumbar portions of the spine.
In adults, the symptoms are often more severe and may include:
“Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is the most common form of scoliosis that we see in teenagers. The most common symptoms we see are curvature of the spine, unevenness of the shoulders and unevenness of the hips. The treatment is based on the size of the curve. Research tells us that if your curve is 50 degrees or more, it will continue to progress throughout your lifetime. After surgery people can return to most physical activities 6 months after surgery.” Dr. Avramis
If you or your loved one is suffering from scoliosis, there is hope. We can help. Call Southwest Scoliosis Institute at 214-556-0565 to make an appointment.