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Customized Pain Management from Gramercy Pain Center

Gramercy Pain Center offers custom interventional pain medicine treatment to patients in need of effective pain management. If you’re managing a chronic spinal condition or recovering from an injury or invasive surgical spinal procedure, you may experience debilitating pain that’s preventing you from performing everyday tasks independently. Our state-of-the-art facilities across New Jersey are fully-equipped to help alleviate spinal pain and help you manage and adapt to your symptoms to improve your quality of life.

Spinal conditions like scoliosis can cause chronic pain and long-term effects that can affect lung functions and cause other health issues as you grow into adulthood. While there is no cure for scoliosis, we can minimize its effects on your day-to-day living and prevent the curvature from increasing and worsening your pain.

If you or your child have symptoms of scoliosis, schedule an appointment with our scoliosis doctors in the Gramercy Pain Center closest to your location. Our team will diagnose your spinal condition and provide you with customized solutions to manage your pain, help you treat and adapt to your condition, and allow you to live life to the fullest.

Understanding Scoliosis

The average spinal cord curves at the top of the shoulder and the lower back. But when a patient has scoliosis, their spine bone curves from side to side. For many cases, no treatment is necessary. However, for those with moderate to severe cases of scoliosis, it can have life-long effects on your posture, spinal movement, and lung functions as your spine affects the space within the chest area. In these cases, treatment is necessary to manage the pain, adapt to their condition, and prevent patients’ spine from curving further and worsening.

Most cases of scoliosis are diagnosed within the early years of childhood development and teenage years, though scoliosis may be diagnosed later in life too. Scoliosis can be structural, meaning the spine’s curve is permanent. Other cases are nonstructural and can be fixed with orthopedic intervention.

Causes and Symptoms of Scoliosis

There’s still a lot of research and studies needed to be done to fully understand why someone develops scoliosis. Around 80% of scoliosis cases don’t have an identifiable cause and are known as idiopathic scoliosis. Some potential causes of scoliosis include:

  • Birth defects – spinal deformity and conditions like spina bifida are apparent at birth can lead to scoliosis later in life.
  • Genetic conditions – cases of scoliosis tend to run in families, which can be attributed to hereditary diseases like muscular dystrophy which can lead to scoliosis during childhood development.
  • Neurological abnormalities – nerve abnormalities like cerebral palsy can affect spinal development that can lead to a deformed spinal curve.
  • Spinal injuries or infections – some doctors have identified injuries or infections as a potential cause of developing scoliosis later in life.

Statistically, women are more likely to develop scoliosis than men. If you have a biological relative with scoliosis, there’s a chance that you’ve inherited a muscular or nervous condition that may have contributed to your condition. This can develop symptoms ranging from mild to more severe scoliosis. Some of these include:

  • Uneven shoulders, waist, and hips
  • One shoulder blade is more prominent than the other when bending forward
  • One side of the rib cage is pressed forward
  • A rotating spine
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Chronic back pain

If you believe that you have a family history and symptoms of scoliosis, schedule an appointment with your nearest Gramercy Pain Center location. Our scoliosis doctor can examine your condition and order laboratory tests to determine if you have scoliosis.

Effective Integrated Scoliosis Treatment from Gramercy Pain Center

Once our scoliosis doctors diagnose your condition, our team can provide a customized pain management program that can help you manage the symptoms of your condition and prevent your curvature from becoming more severe. Depending on the degree of spine curvature, your age, the type of scoliosis you have, and other factors that can affect your spinal condition, we can provide a number of pain management options, including:

  • Braces – usually an option for patients whose spine curvature is around 25 to 40 degrees. This will prevent the curve from getting worse and minimize its effects. Patients need to wear it around 16 to 23 hours a day, especially for growing children.
  • Physical therapy – to maintain your mobility and flexibility.
  • Medication – this can consist of over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers, injections, and other pain relieving medications.
  • Chiropractic treatment and other physical medicine options
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Electrical stimulation

Let Gramercy Pain Center Be Your Partner in Pain Management

At Gramercy Pain Center, we provide our patients with caring and compassionate help. Living with severe forms of scoliosis can be difficult and limit your mobility and physical activity. With our pain management plans, we can help you make the most out of your mobility, adapt to your condition, and prevent your spine from getting worse and triggering intense episodes of back pain.

Our facility is fully-equipped with everything you need to seek pain relief from your scoliosis. Together with our team of highly-qualified scoliosis doctors and other medical professionals, you can overcome your condition and live an independent and productive life.

FAQs About Scoliosis and Pain Management

Q: What are the complications that develop from having scoliosis?

A: Scoliosis can affect your breathing function, as your body’s irregular bend can affect the available space in your chest. For children with untreated scoliosis, chronic back pain can become a frequent issue later into their adulthood. Scoliosis can also affect your appearance, as more severe cases can result in a noticeable difference in your shoulders, ribs, waist, and hips.

Q: What’s the outlook for patients with scoliosis?

A: If left untreated, moderate to severe cases of degenerative scoliosis can worsen over time. This can cause a number of complications and trigger chronic back pain. Patients that seek treatment, however, manage to minimize the pain as well as their condition. By adapting to their scoliosis, they’re able to live full and independent lifestyles.

Q: Is scoliosis surgery a treatment option?

A: Spine surgery is usually reserved for patients whose spinal curvature is over 40 degrees. To treat scoliosis, a spine surgeon will conduct a spinal fusion by using bone grafts, rods, and screws to straighten your spine and fuse your vertebrae together. While surgical treatment can straighten your spine, there are risks like infection, excessive bleeding, and nerve damage, so it’s usually a last resort for those with extreme cases of scoliosis.

Improve Your Quality of Life with Gramercy Pain Center

Let Gramercy Pain Center help you manage your scoliosis with the right pain management plan. We can prevent your spinal condition from limiting your mobility and help you live your best life. Get in touch with us today.