Adolescent Scoliosis

Terrence Anderson, MD -  - Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Terrence Anderson, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon & Scoliosis Specialist located in Sugar Land, TX & Katy, TX

Scoliosis leads to an abnormal bend or curvature of your spine, which can cause poor posture and skeletal misalignment issues during growth. If your child has scoliosis, board-certified orthopedist Dr. Terrence Anderson provides innovative treatment solutions in his Sugar Land, Texas, private practice. Learn more about adolescent scoliosis solutions by booking an exam through the website or by calling the office directly.

Adolescent Scoliosis Q & A

What causes adolescent scoliosis?

Most cases of adolescent scoliosis are idiopathic, meaning they aren’t related to a specific issue, activity, or behavior. But your child may have a higher risk of developing scoliosis due to:

  • Family history of scoliosis
  • Neuromuscular conditions, including muscular dystrophy
  • Congenital issues, where spinal bones don’t fully form or fuse together

Usually, scoliosis, particularly idiopathic scoliosis, affects children after the age of 10 at some point before they’re fully grown. 

Are there signs of adolescent scoliosis?

Yes, although the early signs of scoliosis often go unnoticed until your child has a pediatric exam. Scoliosis is rarely painful or uncomfortable. 

When your child has scoliosis, rather than going in a straight line, the bones of their spine (vertebrae) twist or rotate. You may notice that their spine resembles the letter “C” or “S.” Scoliosis can also lead to:

  • Uneven waistline
  • One hip that’s higher 
  • Tilted or uneven shoulders
  • Rib prominence on one side

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, or if your pediatrician recommended an adolescent scoliosis evaluation, you can expect expert care at the office of Dr. Terrence Anderson.

How is adolescent scoliosis treated?

Dr. Anderson is an established leader in modern adolescent scoliosis treatment. If your child’s spinal curve is less than 25°, or if they’re nearly completed growing, Dr. Anderson may recommend observation. He schedules your child for exams two to three times per year and gathers X-rays — Dr. Anderson specializes in reduced radiation exposure for children — to check spinal development until your child is fully grown.

If your child’s spinal curve is between 25° and 45°, they may need custom bracing to prevent the curve from getting any worse. Dr. Anderson even provides physical therapy with the Schroth Method, which involves using customized exercises to return your child’s spine to a more natural and straight alignment. 

Surgery for adolescent scoliosis is typically recommended if your child’s spine curve is over 45°-50°, or if bracing or physical therapy did not prevent scoliosis from worsening. Dr. Anderson can realign vertebrae and fuse them together, which helps them heal into a solid bone structure to resolve the abnormal curvature.

No matter how minor or how severe your child’s case of scoliosis may be, you can expect personalized care at the practice of Dr. Terrence Anderson. 

Find out more about modern adolescent scoliosis treatments by booking an exam at the office of Dr. Terrence Anderson.