Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an abnormal side-to-side curvature of the spine, often in the shape of an S or a C. This condition may develop in adults as a result of degenerative arthritis or as a continuation of pediatric or adolescent scoliosis.

The expert team of doctors at UT Southwestern’s Spine Center specializes in all available evidence-based treatments for the condition – both medical and surgical. We offer patients the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies and techniques, including specialized spine imaging.

When surgery is recommended, our skilled surgeons often can perform minimally invasive procedures, which reduce recovery time. Our team consists of surgeons who are experts in an array or reconstructive techniques for even the most complex of spinal deformities.

Our multidisciplinary approach gets you access to neurosurgeons, orthopaedists, and other specialists with one call. We strive to coordinate, facilitate, and expedite patient care, saving our patients time.

Our goal is to partner with our patients in their care, get them back to health as soon as possible, and help them achieve the best outcomes.

Diagnosis

If we believe you have scoliosis, we’ll conduct a physical examination and measure the curve of the spine (scoliometer screening). Spine imaging studies typically used to diagnose scoliosis include X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Treatments

After diagnosis, we’ll make sure you see the right experts to treat your specific symptoms.

Treatment for scoliosis depends on the severity and location of the curve in the spine, its cause, and whether or not the patient is still growing.

Many people with idiopathic scoliosis don’t require treatment – just regular monitoring. Others benefit from wearing customized back braces to prevent additional curving of the spine.

In some cases, surgery to correct the curve is the best treatment option for patients with scoliosis. Our experienced neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons at the UT Southwestern Spine Center often are able to perform this procedure using minimally invasively techniques.  

We’ll create a care plan that minimizes the number of visits you need to make while also providing you with the support you need.

Clinical Trials

UT Southwestern conducts clinical trials aimed at improving the treatment of spine disorders such as scoliosis. Talk with your doctor to see if a clinical trial is right for you.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a scoliosis specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.