Scoliosis treatment near Fort Lauderdale, FL

Scoliosis

Orthopedix MD, formally Meli Orthopedics Centers of Excellence, is proud to offer scoliosis care in Ft. Lauderdale and Margate, Florida. We offer both non-surgical and surgical treatments for scoliosis.

What is Scoliosis?

Everyone’s spine has natural curves. These curves round our shoulders and make our lower back curve slightly inward. But some people have spines that also curve from side to side, and rotate. Unlike poor posture, these curves can’t be corrected simply by learning to stand up straight.

This condition of side-to-side spinal curves is called scoliosis. On an X-ray, the spine of a person with scoliosis looks more like an “S” or a “C” than a straight line. These curves can make the person’s shoulders or waist appear uneven. Some of these bones may also be rotated slightly, making one shoulder blade more prominent than the other.

Scoliosis is a descriptive term and not a diagnosis. In more than 80% of cases, a specific cause is not known. Such cases are termed “idiopathic,” meaning of no known cause. Scoliosis does not come from carrying heavy things, athletic involvement, sleeping/standing postures, or minor leg length abnormalities.

Do You Have Scoliosis?

Determining whether you have scoliosis is best done by a trained physician such as Dr. Mark Moran who performs a physical examination of your back. The examination is done with you standing in a relaxed position with your arms at your sides. Dr. Moran will view you from behind looking for curvature of the spine, shoulder blade asymmetry, waistline asymmetry and any trunk shift. 

You will then bend forward at the waist and he will view your back once again to look for the rotational aspect of the scoliosis in the upper part of the back (rib prominence) or in the lower part of your back (flank or waist prominence). 

Following this simple examination, Dr. Moran will usually utilize X-rays of the spine viewed from the back and the side to see the entire spine from the neck to the pelvis. If scoliosis is present, he will measure the radiographs and provide you with a numerical value, in degrees, to help describe the scoliosis.

What Are Your Treatment Options?

Bracing

Bracing is used for curves between 25 and 45 degrees in growing children to prevent further progression of the curve while growth of the spine remains. The goal of bracing is to prevent further progression since the brace cannot correct curves.

Surgical Treatment

Surgery is reserved for curves that are generally greater than 50 degrees for adolescent patients and adults. Surgery can be performed for smaller curves if the appearance of the curvature is bothersome to the patient or if symptoms are associated with scoliosis in the adult patient. 

The goals of surgical treatment are to obtain curve correction and to prevent curve progression. This is generally achieved by placing metal implants onto the spine, which are then attached to rods that correct the spine curvature and hold it in the corrected position until fusion, or knitting of the spine elements together.

Our Scoliosis Provider

Mark Moran, MD, FRCS
Mark Moran, MD, FRCS

South Florida residents can count on Orthopedix MD to provide the right diagnosis and care for scoliosis. Make an appointment today to discuss your options at one of our two convenient locations: our Ft. Lauderdale office at (954) 771-8177 or our Margate office at (954) 580-4080. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. You can also schedule an appointment online.

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