Scoliosis is a spinal deformity that affects the curvature of your spine. Michael Ware Hennessy, MD, at Texas Spine Consultants, LLP in Addison, Texas, is an orthopedic spine surgeon who specializes in spinal deformities like scoliosis. For compassionate and comprehensive management and treatment of your scoliosis, call the office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
Scoliosis is a spinal deformity that causes your spine to grow to the side in an S-shape or C-shape. Researchers aren’t sure of what causes scoliosis, but your genetics may play a role as it tends to run in families. Certain neuromuscular disorders, such as cerebral palsy, are also risk factors for scoliosis.
Scoliosis usually develops during the adolescent growth spurt and occurs more often in girls than boys.
Most cases of scoliosis are mild and you may not know you have it until your spine is examined. Dr. Hennessy diagnosis scoliosis after an examination that may include an X-ray of your spine. He may also conduct neurological tests to check for muscle weakness, changes in reflexes, and numbness.
Certain signs and symptoms may indicate a change in the shape of your spine that may warrant an examination to assess for scoliosis. These symptoms include:
Scoliosis tends to worsen with time and if you suspect a spinal abnormality, Dr. Hennessy can assess your spine and provide treatment.
Dr. Hennessy takes an individualized approach to the management of your scoliosis and develops a treatment plan based on the severity of your deformity, your overall health, and age. In children with mild cases of scoliosis, Dr. Hennessy may only recommend regular monitoring of the spine every four to six months.
If the scoliosis is moderate and you’re still growing, he may recommend bracing. Bracing doesn’t cure your scoliosis, but it may help prevent the progression of your deformity. Dr. Hennessy may recommend you wear your brace up until you stop growing.
If your scoliosis is severe, Dr. Hennessy may recommend a spinal fusion, which is a surgical procedure that binds your spinal bones together so they won’t move.
For expert spine care for your scoliosis, call Texas Spine Consultants, LLP, or book an appointment using the online booking tool.