The specialized spine doctors at UT Southwestern Spine Center are dedicated to helping patients overcome spine problems, providing comprehensive care and access to the latest and most effective treatments.
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At UT Southwestern Medical Center, our expert team of doctors in the Spine Center specializes in proven therapies to treat scoliosis.
The team includes neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, pain management specialists, and physiatrists who are experts in an array of reconstructive techniques for even the most complex spinal deformities.
Scoliosis is an abnormal side-to- side curvature of the spine, often in the shape of an S or a C. This condition might develop in adults as a result of degenerative arthritis or as a continuation of pediatric or adolescent scoliosis.
Many patients do not experience symptoms, but some might feel back pain, muscle spasms, deformity, or weakness.
If we believe that a patient has scoliosis, we’ll conduct a physical examination and measure the curve of the spine. Spine imaging studies that our specialists typically use to diagnose scoliosis include:
- Bone scans
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Nerve conduction studies to measure electrical activity generated by muscles and nerves
Treatment for Scoliosis
After diagnosis, we make sure the patient sees the right experts to treat his or her specific symptoms. Treatment for scoliosis depends on the severity and location of the curve in the spine, its cause, and whether the patient is still growing.
Many people with idiopathic scoliosis don’t require treatment – just regular monitoring. When treatment is needed, it can include:
- Anti-inflammation drugs
- Cortisone injections
- Physical therapy
We’ll create a care plan that minimizes the number of visits a patient needs to make, while also providing all the support needed.
As an academic medical center, we’re at the forefront of spine research. Our patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials aimed at improving the treatment of back and spine conditions such as scoliosis. Talk with our doctors to see if a clinical trial is available.
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August 1, 2019
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Dallas, Texas 75390 214-645-8300 Directions to James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center Parking Info for James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center
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Richardson, Texas 75080 972-669-7101 Directions to Spine Center
Spine Centerat UT Southwestern Medical Center at Las Colinas 6121 N. Highway 161, 3rd Floor, Suite 300
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