Posts made in September, 2016


scoliosis-hereditaryWhen a patient is diagnosed with scoliosis they sometimes question the specialist about a possible genetic link. In the large majority of cases the cause of the spinal curvature known as scoliosis is idiopathic or unknown. However research into the development of this condition has shown there is a possible genetic link between family members in cases where a family history exists. It is estimated that 1 in 4 sufferers will have at least one family member who shows signs of scoliosis and first degree relatives of scoliosis patients have an 11% chance of developing the disease themselves.

Examination of hereditary patterns has shown that scoliosis is genetic as well as hereditary in nature. Which genes are responsible for the curvature itself has not been determined although being female in itself increases the odds of developing it more likely.

Idiopathic as the most common type of scoliosis mostly affects young people between 10 and 18. It usually develops during puberty when the body is growing rapidly – it can affect anyone at any time in life however.

Experiencing an accident or injury can result in scoliosis developing or often results in increased pain and discomfort for those already living with the diagnosis.

Previously fusing the spine was the accepted treatment and not without risks or complications. New treatment options are available for scoliosis reduction that do not involve wearing a hard brace or spinal surgery allowing patients an improved quality of life.

Searching for answers for yourself or a loved one that has been diagnosed has brought you here to our website. Dr. Barker sees patients travel from all parts of the United States and as far away as South America to visit the Scoliosis Treatment Clinic in Lakeland. We offer many alternative treatments for scoliosis sufferers helping patients live pain free without the risks of invasive surgery. Contact us today.

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scoliosis-surgeryIf you or a loved one has been diagnosed with scoliosis in Lakeland Florida, you may have been told you need surgery to correct the condition. No matter how skilled the surgeon, every surgical procedure comes with a certain amount of risk. You might wonder if an alternative exists and like many people prefer to avoid a surgical procedure. But first just what is involved in this surgical procedure.

What Does Scoliosis Surgery Involve

In order to correct scoliosis a surgical procedure known as a spinal fusion is performed. The patient is unconscious throughout after a general anesthetic is administered.

During the surgery the surgeon will anchor some rods to your spine using tiny hooks and anchors. The rods will act as a temporary measure acting as a brace and will reduce the curvature of your spine. Next a bone graft is applied to your spine and will eventually fuse to it. The object is to prevent your curvature from progressing further and the rods are left in place rather than risk further surgical procedures.

A long recovery period is to be expected during which some pain, discomfort and loss of mobility are experienced by the patient. The long term goal is halting the progression of scoliosis and its impact on a person’s quality of life.

What Are The Risks Associated With Scoliosis Surgery

As mentioned before any surgical procedure comes with risks some of these are as follows:

  • Implants can come loose or break
  • Nerve damage
  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Development of a secondary curve

A search of the internet shows many patients who didn’t achieve a good outcome and others are experiencing more pain that prior to the surgery.

Are There Alternatives To Surgery

At the Surgical Treatment Clinic in Lakeland, Florida Dr. Barker and his staff offer patients alternatives to undergoing surgery. Contact us for more information.

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scoliosis-any-ageScoliosis is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 10 and 15. People often think it doesn’t really affect anyone outside those age brackets. It’s easy to assume that anyone diagnosed with scoliosis was diagnosed as an adolescent or as an adult with this condition just didn’t do anything about it at the time.

Adolescence is most often the time when a diagnosis of scoliosis is more likely to develop. Sudden growth spurts and bodies that are growing rapidly anyways make the spine much more prone to curvature.

There are some children who develop scoliosis years before however and this condition is known as juvenile scoliosis. Even many older adults who have had a perfectly healthy spine can develop scoliosis later in life. Conditions such as osteoporosis or the natural ageing or weakening of the body can result in a curvature of the spine. One such condition many older people have is a hump on their upper back which can be caused by a curvature of their upper spine. So the answer to the question is that although it’s more likely to develop during adolescence it can develop later on in life as well.

Treatment for scoliosis has traditionally been spinal fusion surgery as a way to correct the curvature of the spine and prevent it worsening. Undergoing any surgical procedure comes with a certain amount of risks and it’s possible complications. For the very young and very old surgery can be something they especially want to avoid. Patients often look to alternatives to surgery to treat their condition.

At The Scoliosis Treatment Clinic in Lakeland, Dr. Barker and his staff have alternatives to surgery for those diagnosed with this condition. Contact us today for more information.

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scoliosis-pain-reliefFor those diagnosed with scoliosis it affects their quality of life in numerous ways of which pain is the most prevalent. While the pain may not occur on a daily basis when present it can be quite debilitating.

Often over the counter painkillers are effective in relieving the pain caused by the unnatural curvature of the spine. Some sufferers will need stronger medication to keep the resulting pain at a manageable level. There are others who receive a local anesthetic or steroid injection to manage their pain.

Treating The Cause

Medication is primarily a way to provide those diagnosed with some relief caused the the curvature of the spine. Paracetamol and ibuprofen do nothing to address the source of the pain which is the muscle imbalance caused by the patient’s spinal curve. In order for those who have developed this condition to deal with the pain they would need pain medication on a daily basis.

A lifetime of pain medication is not the best way to treat the pain experienced by patients with this chronic condition. Traditional treatment has been spinal fusion surgery which involves attaching rods to the patient”s spine using hooks and screws to lessen the curvature then a bone graft in the hope it will prevent further curvature from occurring. Back bracing is another method used with scoliosis sufferers report it to be uncomfortable and cumbersome. The choice has been between discomfort or undergoing surgery with all the risks that come with any surgical procedure followed by a long recovery period.

The good news is at The Scoliosis Treatment Clinic we offer a third option to treat those diagnosed with scoliosis. Patients from all across the United States and even farther away receiving treatment at our clinic in Florida have found relief when working with Dr. Barker and his team. Contact our clinic to learn more about this new way of dealing with scoliosis.

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