FREEHOLD, N.J., June 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI) is announcing its support for National Scoliosis Awareness Month. Held annually in June, National Scoliosis Awareness Month was designed to spotlight the need for awareness, education, and early prevention services for this spinal condition.
Affecting an estimated six to nine million Americans, Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine that can be debilitating and painful for sufferers. This curvature is generally detected through school screenings before a patient is seen by a spine specialist for confirmation of the diagnosis. Once diagnosed, an orthopedic specialist will assess which of the five forms of scoliosis is presenting itself in the patient before devising a treatment plan that can include everything from pain management therapy to surgery.
Scoliosis can be caused by everything from traumatic bone loss to congenital disorders like Spina Bifida and Cerebral Palsy -- but most cases have no discernable cause. The spine simply starts to show a distinct curvature at some point in the patient's life -- generally in their early teen years. Generally speaking, girls are more likely to suffer from scoliosis than boys and the vast majority of cases are discovered by the age of 16. While often unnoticeable to the untrained eye, more advanced cases can present with an altered gait, uneven shoulders, and a prominent shoulder blade. When it comes to treatment, the course of action depends on the severity of the case. Typically, the patient will be given a spinal brace that will correct the curvature. For particularly advanced cases, surgery may be required to straighten the spine. In both cases, the patient will work with a physical therapist and a pain management specialist to ensure comfort and effectiveness of treatment.
"We have spent decades working with patients struggling to live with the pain and reduction of mobility caused by Scoliosis," says AOSMI's orthopedic surgeon and spine specialist Dr. Grigory Goldberg. "Our team of orthopedic specialists at AOSMI is dedicated to promoting awareness, increasing education, and advocating for prevention and early treatment of the condition." The team provides comprehensive screenings and offers physical therapy services for those at the beginning stages, while working with pain management specialists to provide the highest quality of life possible for those with advanced scoliosis. The orthopedic specialists at AOSMI urge everyone to get screened and consult an orthopedic specialist if anything seems amiss. The key to effectively managing the condition is early detection.
To learn more about Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine's Institute's Scoliosis treatment, or to find out how to support the cause and raise awareness, prospective patients can call 732-720-2555 or visit the practice's website at http://advancedorthosports.com/.
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