Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital is a center for advanced medical care. Our teams of medical experts specialize in many different fields. Among these areas of expertise are spinal disorders. The physicians specializing in spinal disorders at Samitivej Srinakarin are highly-educated and well trained in the care of spinal diseases, experienced and well-respected, both nationally and internationally. We use the latest medical innovations in both the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of spinal conditions in order to achieve the most accurate and effective treatment results.
|Scoliosis Center have a team of doctors and medical staff who specialize in the treatment of scoliosis, both in children and adults.|
We have a team of doctors and medical staff who specialize in the treatment of scoliosis, both in children and adults. Samitivej Hospital has also established the “Samitivej New Life Fund for Scoliosis” to perform surgeries for underprivileged children suffering from scoliosis.
Scoliosis is a spinal deformity that causes the spine to curve to the side, or to curve in an “S” or “C” shape. The term “scoliosis” is from the Greek word meaning “curvature”. The exact cause of scoliosis in children is usually unclear, although genetic predisposition may be a contributor. Possible hormonal imbalances or problems with the nervous system can also be factors. These factors could be why children with scoliosis often do not develop properly, or have muscular or neurological disorders, neurofibromatosis, and a variety of other issues and/or conditions. Scoliosis in adults or degenerative lumbar scoliosis may be due to accidents, fractures, or degenerative changes to the spine. In some cases, it may have been milder and did not show any signs or symptoms during childhood, but then flares up again when the patient becomes an adult, causing severe pain. However, in about 80% of cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown. This is called idiopathic scoliosis. It is usually found in children ages 10 to 15 years old, which is generally a period of rapid bone growth.
Symptoms include curvature of the spine, tilted or uneven shoulders, uneven waistline, leaning to one side, and a bulge or curve on the back, which is why parents often come to see the doctor with concerns about the shape of their child’s body. Only a small percentage of patients experience back pain.
Stand upright and have someone check to see if the spine is straight. From there, bend forward as far as you can with your palms together, fingers pointing between your toes. Once the fingers are touching the ground (or are as far down as possible), if one side of the back is not higher than the other side, the back is normal. If it is uneven or appears to be higher on one side of the back than the other (either upper or lower back region) or if you notice any of the following symptoms, then you are at risk:
If you notice any abnormal symptoms, you should make an appointment to see a physician in order to diagnose the condition properly, provide the correct treatment approach, and monitor progress to see whether you have any more symptoms in the long term or in the future.
Scoliosis, if not properly treated, can worsen and have a variety of negative effects on your health, such as leaning to one side, a drooping shoulder, uneven hips, physical deformities, back pain, problems with the digestive and respiratory systems, becoming breathless or tired easily, pneumonia or lung infection, heart problems, heart failure, and possible pain or complications for women when they are pregnant or giving birth.
The Scoliosis Center at Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital is fully prepared with all the necessary equipment, innovative tools and advanced technology to treat scoliosis effectively. The center’s services include diagnosis, treatment and therapy for scoliosis. The following are further benefits of the center: