Learn more about Scoliosis with Dr. Jesse Lipnick

Scoliosis affects 6 to 9 million people in the United States”, according to the National Scoliosis Foundation. June is Scoliosis Awareness Month, and we interviewed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician Jesse Lipnick, MD, about scoliosis and its treatments.


What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a rotary disease of the spine, meaning parts of the spine rotates in multiple ways to cause curves in the spine. These curves rotate in regard to one another, developing a primary and secondary curve that take on an “S” shape.


What are some of the signs and symptoms of scoliosis?

  • Back Pain
  • Radiating pain from pinched nerves
  • Change in posture
  • “Humpback”
  • Rotated or uneven pelvis
  • Premature arthritis
  • Interference with other organs


What is the treatment process for scoliosis?

Scoliosis can be painful, but there are treatments that can ease pain. Treatments depend on the type of scoliosis a patient suffers from. The most common type is idiopathic, a scoliosis that develops during adolescence and if progressing, the child is fitted with a back brace. When one is born with scoliosis, it’s called congenital scoliosis. Congenital scoliosis is a rare type that is usually fixed with surgery. Physical therapy is commonly recommended for all types of scoliosis as it important to strengthen the core muscles. Degenerative scoliosis can develop in adults due to arthritic changes in the joints of the spine and can be accompanied by severe pain.  Medications that numb nerves and block joint pain are additional forms of treatment from which many have experienced positive results.


Living with scoliosis:

People with scoliosis can suffer with pain daily. Scoliosis can not only affect a person’s physical health but also their emotional health. Suffering from scoliosis can make it difficult to sleep, sit in a chair, work at a desk, find clothes that fit, and the self-perceived unpleasant appearance may impact one’s self-confidence. Advances in medication, interventional procedures and if necessary surgery can help manage scoliosis, allowing one to take back control over their life.

Living With Scoliosis.

June is Scoliosis Awareness Month, and we talked to interventional pain management and rehabilitation medicine physician Dr. Jesse Lipnick all about it and its treatments.

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a rotary disease of the spine where parts of the spine rotate in multiple ways and can cause an s-shape. The sections of the spine rotate regarding one another. The vital thing to determine is whether or not it will be progressive. If the disease develops when the patient is a child or elderly, it is much more likely for it to be progressive or permanent. Dr. Lipnick says elderly patients have an even higher risk because of osteoporosis and the degeneration of bone strength. The cause of scoliosis in adolescents is still unknown.

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain
  • Change in posture
  • Humpback
  • Curved pelvis
  • Pinched nerves
  • Interference with other organs
  • Premature arthritis

What is the treatment process?

Dr. Lipnick says that it mostly depends on the type of scoliosis that the patient has. Congenital scoliosis, which is when a patient is born with the disease, will need to be fixed with surgery, but that is very rare. Idiopathic, or when the disease begins during adolescence, which is the most common type, is typically observed and if it starts to get worse, the patient gets fitted for a brace. Physical therapy is also a standard treatment option, along with medications that can block joint pain and numb nerves, especially for those with adult degenerative scoliosis.

Living with scoliosis:

Daily, people living with this disease have to deal with a lot of pain. Most cases are fully functional, but their lives are a little more complicated. Dr. Lipnick says, depending on the severity, patient's clothes don't fit right, it's hard for them to sleep, sitting in chairs can be tough, and so on. Most don't realize it, but even a small change in our posture can affect us because most things are built around having a straight spine.

If you have this disease and would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lipnick, click here.

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