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Managing Scoliosis

At Virgin Island Orthopedics and Medical Specialists, we treat a wide array of medical conditions. This includes the spinal disorder known as Scoliosis. Having scoliosis means that your spine curves and twists instead of growing straight. It’s common in teens, but adults can develop it too. Contact Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists if you struggle with scoliosis. They are conveniently located in Saint Thomas and St. Croix. Here is a brief introduction to the various treatment methods.

Painkillers

Pain-relieving medications help ease the pain that is associated with scoliosis. They are available over-the-counter as ibuprofen or Tylenol. Remember that anti-inflammatory medications aren't suitable for everyone. Speak to your doctor beforehand if you're not sure. In certain cases, your healthcare provider will prescribe stronger painkillers.

Exercise

Activities that stretch and strengthen your back help alleviate your pain. Working out lets you maintain a healthy weight, reducing the strain on your back. Just make sure you talk to your St. Thomas and St. Croix doctors first. Certain activities can do more harm than good when it comes to your back.

Injections

Scoliosis puts pressure on or irritates the nerves around your spine. This can cause numbness, a tingling sensation, and pain in your lower back. In these cases, injections of a local anesthetic and steroid medication help. The benefits of spinal injections tend to only last a few months, so they're not a long-term solution.

Back Braces

Your healthcare provider may recommend that you wear a back brace to treat your scoliosis. Research shows that wearing a back brace as prescribed can relieve pain and prevent the progression of scoliosis. It is considered an alternative to surgery and is a viable option for those not well enough to undergo surgical procedures.

Surgery

Surgery is necessary in some cases of scoliosis. In some adults, cosmetic deformity is a major factor in the decision. Your doctor recommends surgery if your pain is severe and doesn’t respond to conservative treatments.

If you need help managing scoliosis, who should you call? An orthopedist, of course. Call Virgin Island Orthopedics and Medical Specialists at (340) 714-2845 right now to schedule an appointment in Saint Thomas. Call (340) 692-5000 to schedule an appointment in St. Thomas and St. Croix. Our state-of-the-art treatments bring real relief to scoliosis sufferers.

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