Scoliosis Specialist

David S. Feldman, MD

Orthopedic Specialist located in West Palm Beach, FL

Scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine, affects 6-9 million people in the United States. It can occur in infancy or early childhood, but most often develops in children and teens between the ages of 10 and 15. World-renowned board-certified orthopedic surgeon David S. Feldman, MD, in West Palm Beach, Florida, is an internationally recognized orthopedic expert in the care of spinal deformities and specializes in the treatment of scoliosis. Patients come from all over the world to seek his care. To schedule an evaluation with Dr. Feldman and his team at The Paley Orthopedic and Spine Institute, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Scoliosis Q & A

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Your spine naturally curves at the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions of your spine, which positions your head over your pelvis and helps distribute the stress on your spine during movement. Scoliosis causes a sideways curvature of the spine that alters the normal curvature and affects spinal and body alignment.

What are the types of scoliosis?

Scoliosis is classified into types based on etiology. The types include:

Idiopathic scoliosis

Idiopathic scoliosis is a spinal deformity in which a sideways curvature of the spine develops after age 9.

Congenital scoliosis

Congenital scoliosis refers to a side curvature of the spine that occurs at birth and is associated with an abnormal architecture.

Infantile scoliosis

Infantile scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine diagnosed before 3 years of age.

Hemivertebra

Hemivertebra is a rare congenital spinal deformity where a section of the vertebra fails to develop, resulting in a wedge-shaped bone. 

Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a condition where a vertebra slips out of place into the vertebra below, causing a misalignment and narrowing of the spinal column.

Kyphosis

Kyphosis is a condition where the spine curves abnormally, causing a rounding of the upper back, also referred to as a hunchback.

Spina bifida

Spina bifida is a common birth defect that affects the neural tube and central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).

What are some signs and symptoms of scoliosis?

The sideways curvature of the spine affects the alignment of your body and may cause noticeable symptoms. These symptoms may include:

  • One shoulder that sits higher than the other
  • A protruding shoulder blade
  • Misaligned waist
  • Uneven hip bones

Over time, the spine may twist or rotate and your ribs may protrude further out on one side of your body. Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but the curvature can damage your heart and lungs or lead to chronic back pain.

How is scoliosis treated?

Dr. Feldman takes an integrative and holistic approach to the treatment of scoliosis. He develops individualized treatment plans based on the underlying etiology (or type) of your scoliosis and the severity of the curvature. 

If your scoliosis is mild, he may only recommend close monitoring of the curvature. If intervention is needed, Dr. Feldman recommends physical therapy and/or external bracing.

If your scoliosis doesn’t improve with conservative treatments, Dr. Feldman may recommend surgery. However, he considers surgery the last resort for treatment of scoliosis.

To schedule a consultation for an evaluation and treatment plan for your scoliosis, call Dr. Feldman’s office or click the booking button today.