About Scoliosis

What is it and what are your treatment options?
Anchorage: (907)562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267
Scroll down to learn more

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a disorder that causes an abnormal curve of the spine, or backbone. The spine has normal curves when looking from the side, but it should appear straight when looking from the front.

Common Causes:

  • Risk factors include age (9- to 15-year-olds)
  • Females
  • Family history

In most severe cases:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy

Symptoms you should look for are:

  • Pain the back
  • Leaning to one side
  • Muscle spasms
  • Physical deformity
  • Uneven waist

When diagnosing scoliosis,  OPA Spine Specialists do the following:

  • Obtain a complete medical history
  • Perform a physical examination
  • Order and analyze X-rays

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options effectively treat the majority of cases of sciatica. Treatment options decrease nerve inflammation.

Common options include:

Observation In Mild Cases

Customized Bracing

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Decreases inflammation and pain.

Physical Therapy

One of OPA’s onsite physical therapist prescribes and monitors strengthening and stretching exercises.

Injections

An injection of steroid and anesthetic medications.
In rare cases where nonsurgical treatments have not resolved scoliosis, our Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Spine Team Surgeons may discuss the option of a surgical procedure.

At OPA, our Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Spine Specialists, Dr. Mark Flanum, Dr. James Eule, and Dr. Curtis Mina are experts in treating scoliosis.

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment to see one of our Spine Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.

Anchorage: (907)562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Spine Team

(click a provider to view profile)

Dr. James Eule

Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Dr. Mark Flanum

Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Dr. Curtis Mina

Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Sean Taylor, MD

Pain Management

Our Mission

To provide the finest orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal care in North America, offering general and specialized adult care to all Alaskans and visitors.

Sucess Stories

Barbara Chambers

    REQUEST A CALLBACK HERE!

    Call Now ButtonCall Us Today