What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis [1] is an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. It is most often diagnosed in childhood or early adolescence.

Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. It is most often diagnosed in childhood or early adolescence.

“I have learned that early detection is the key to a good outcome,” says Amanda Wallace Street, Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist for CarePartners Orthotics & Prosthetics [2]. “The key is to diagnose the scoliosis early, while the curve is still small and flexible. A brace can be used to promote improved balance and alignment.”

What are the signs and symptoms of scoliosis?

What causes scoliosis?

How is scoliosis diagnosed?

“Typically, children are screened by their primary care doctor and are referred to an orthopedist, if a curve is detected. The primary age of onset for scoliosis is 10 – 15 years old,” says Amanda Street. “If parents notice any of the signs and symptoms mentioned, it is important that they contact their primary care physician and request a referral to an orthopedist, like Mission Pediatric Orthopedics [3].”

How is scoliosis treated?

In general, an orthosis is designed to straighten the spinal curve, while the patient is wearing the brace. For scoliosis, the brace is usually made of relatively thin plastic which is formed over a corrected model of the patient’s torso. Every brace is unique, as is every curve.

“CarePartners Orthotics & Prosthetics has an onsite lab where our fabrication technicians create and
adjust highly customized devices,” says Amanda Street. “Together we work as a team to monitor these cases and prevent the progression.”

CarePartners has decades of experience developing and fitting custom orthotic and prosthetic devices for patients. Using the latest technology, materials and research, CarePartners team of experts will work to help find a solution that is comfortable, easy to use and fits the lifestyle of each patient.

“While youngsters with this diagnosis may not be 100 percent stoked to get a brace, they usually do find hope in the fact that a 1/8” plastic shell on their torso, used for 2 – 4 years, can prevent a major surgery,” says Amanda Street. “Plus, I have fun getting to know these kids and watching them grow.”

CarePartners Orthotics & Prosthetics is the region’s leader in providing the finest comprehensive care and assistive devices for people living with amputation, deformity or disability, from infants to the elderly. Click here for more information [2] or to set up an appointment, call 828-254-3392. Located at 1 Doctors Drive, Asheville, NC 28801.