The side-to-side curve of scoliosis can range from almost unnoticeable to a severe curve that impacts daily life. Once identified, the curvature may remain stable or progress and cause the spine to rotate, which can decrease the amount of space in the chest cavity and cause complications with the lungs or heart.
Mild scoliosis may not have any obvious signs or symptoms, but as the curve progresses, you may notice uneven shoulders, one shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other, or one hip that seems higher than the other. If the spine also begins to rotate, one side of the ribs can appear more prominent than the other, as well.
Depending on the severity of the curvature or rotation, Dr. Hyder may recommend surgery. The minimally invasive XLIF or TLIF procedures can be performed to decompress and fuse the spine together. Fusion straightens and stabilizes the spine, preventing it from curving, while decompression relieves any associated pain.