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Understanding AIS

First, it is important to know that scoliosis is not a disease but a descriptive term for a curvature of the spine. While all spines curve vertically to aid in balance and movement, scoliosis is a horizontal curvature. Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is the most common form of scoliosis. It can be found in people ages 10-18 and has no known cause.

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What You Need To Know About AIS

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is prevalent in 2%-3% percent of teenagers ages 10-16. While there is no known cause, what is known is that it worsens during growth spurts and it is slightly more prevalent in girls. It can range in severity from being almost asymptomatic to causing disabling pain. Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis accounts for 80% of all scoliosis cases.

Symptoms of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Much like every other kind of scoliosis AIS has a variety of symptoms that include but are not limited to:

  • Backaches
  • Uneven shoulders and hips
  • Fatigue
  • Visible curving of the spine

Diagnosis of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics of New Jersey will diagnose your AIS with a through exam. We will go over your medical history and perform a physical examination of your spine and body. We may request you undergo additional testing such as x-rays, CT Scans, and MRIs.

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Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

To achieve the best success in managing a child’s AIS he or she is going to need three things including early detection, Progressive Spine and Orthopaedics state of the art treatment, and a positive outlook. Most children will see results with the effective use of braces.

However, in rare cases, spine surgery might be needed to help correct more severe cases of scoliosis. If needed, Dr. Joshua Rovner will discuss every option with you. The vast majority of these spinal procedures are minimally invasive. The last thing a child will need for a healthy recovery is a positive outlook on their condition.

With an ailment such as scoliosis it is not uncommon for adolescents to suffer from body image and confidence issues. At Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics we treat each patient with respect in an open and caring environment. To us, every patient is treated as an individual.

Your New Jersey Spine Surgeon for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

As an award-winning New Jersey spine surgeon, Dr. Joshua Rovner delivers comprehensive treatment for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, with spine surgery or non-surgical treatment is the best approach. Board certified to practice in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Joshua Rovner is among few spine surgeons in NJ with depth of experience and expertise for advanced and minimally-invasive spinal surgery. Schedule a consultation today and contact us.

If you are suffering from back or neck pain, it is crucial for you to receive a professional diagnosis as soon as possible. Dr. Rovner is one of the best spine surgeons in NJ who has the experience and expertise necessary to help patients actualize successful outcomes with orthopedic spine surgery.

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