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June – Scoliosis Awareness Month

Did you know that June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month?

Approximately 6-9 million people in the United States are affected by Scoliosis.

What is Scoliosis?

  • Scoliosis is a disorder in which there is a sideways curvature of the spine greater than 10 degrees.
  • It is 7-times more likely to affect females than males.
  • Scoliosis is commonly noticed in the early stages of adolescence, and if left untreated may occasionally lead to major deformity.

How is it treated?

Bracing is recommended for patients with curves that measure between 20 degrees and 40 degrees during their growth phase. The goal is to prevent the curve from getting bigger. This is accomplished by correcting the curve while the patient is in the brace so that the curve does not progress with time. Growth plates on the vertebrae are more likely to grow symmetrically if they have equal pressure over their surface as the child grows.

The primary goal of orthotic treatment (back brace) for idiopathic scoliosis is to halt or significantly decrease rate of spinal curve progression.

As Scoliosis Progresses 

  • Deformity Worsens, Appearance Worsens, Pain Worsens
  • Rib Cage May Start Pressing Against the Lungs and Heart
  • This will Make it More Difficult to Breathe and Harder for the Heart to Pump; with Bad Consequences

scoliosis untreated

These are photos of x-rays that were taken of an untreated spine with Scoliosis.

Dr. Okafor is a board certified and fellowship trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon. He received specialized training on Pediatric Spine Surgery at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware, where he received training on all aspects of complex pediatric deformity correction, and adolescent scoliosis corrections. Dr. Okafor performs scoliosis correction and fusion surgeries for patients of all ages. He employs very advanced and cutting edge minimally invasive surgery techniques for his scoliosis correction surgeries.

At Spine Institute of Central Florida. we treat scoliosis with state-of-the-art and advanced techniques. Because scoliosis surgery and therapy is so intensive and requires impeccable technique, it is important to select a scoliosis team with plenty of experience and expertise. Dr. Okafor specializes in the treatment of all spinal conditions including scoliosis and has successfully operated on many patients with severe scoliosis. If you are in need of treatment, you can depend on our specialists to treat your scoliosis spinal needs.

“Every year, scoliosis patients make more than 600,000 visits to private physician offices, an estimated 30,000 children are fitted with a brace, and 38,000 patients undergo spinal fusion surgery.”

scoliosis before and after

This picture shows before and after Corrective Surgery Performed by Dr. Okafor.

If you or a loved one is in need of an effective, comprehensive, and individualized scoliosis assessment, please turn to Spine Institute of Central Florida.

To initiate an evaluation on behalf of your child/patient please contact us at:

Phone: (863) 688-3030

Check out this video to hear a patient talk about their Scoliosis, before and after surgery results: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBM4-jALDcI

 

References: (2016) American Association of Neurological Surgeons  http://www.aans.org/Patient%20Information/Conditions%20and%20Treatments/Scoliosis.aspx

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