Primary care physician vs. spine care specialist

Scoliosis is a complex condition that can be caused by anything from an unknown abnormality during adolescence to a degenerative spine condition later in life. Due to the complexity of the condition, you should always seek medical advice and a diagnosis from a board-certified physician. He or she can help you determine whether or not you or your child has scoliosis and the best method of treatment to help alleviate the pain and discomfort of the condition.

There are two types of physicians from which you can seek help for scoliosis — primary care physicians and spine care specialists. Both types of physicians can order proper imaging tests (an MRI or CT scan) to determine whether or not you have scoliosis and the possible cause of your condition. Additionally, these two physicians can help you find the best treatment option to fit your condition and your lifestyle. Read on to learn more about these physicians and the treatment methods available to you.

Primary care physician for scoliosis

A primary care physician (PCP) who specializes in internal or family medicine should be able to accurately diagnose scoliosis or the root cause of your symptoms. Scoliosis is characteristically classified as a horizontal curve of the spine. For example, if you view someone’s spine from the back, and the person does not have scoliosis, you should be able to see a generally straight spine from the base of the head to the tailbone.

However, if you view a person’s spine from behind, and the person has scoliosis, you will be able to see a curve from left to right that may cause one shoulder or one hip to be higher than the other. A primary care physician will be able to diagnose this condition by viewing your MRI or CT scan to get a closer look at the curvature of the spine. In some cases, your primary care physician may recommend that you consult a spine care specialist to determine the cause of your back pain and possible scoliosis diagnosis.

Spine care specialist for scoliosis

A spine care specialist has studied the details of the spine and is familiar with the different degenerative spine conditions or abnormalities, such as scoliosis. You will be able to get an accurate scoliosis diagnosis from an experienced spine care specialist. He or she will also be able to help you find the best treatment solution for your needs. These treatment options can be conservative or surgical treatments, depending on the type and severity of spine condition with which you have been diagnosed.

Laser Spine Institute treatment options for adult scoliosis

Laser Spine Institute offers certain patients with degenerative (adult-onset) scoliosis a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery,^ in the form of our minimally invasive spine surgery. To learn about our highly skilled orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons and the treatments we offer to relieve scoliosis, contact Laser Spine Institute.

Our procedures can address both spinal curvature in the lumbar spine (lower back) and spinal nerve compression. These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and involve small incisions that do not unnecessarily disrupt the muscles or ligaments surrounding the spine. This means our patients have a shorter recovery time compared to patients who choose to undergo open spine surgery.^

Since 2005, Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from their neck or back pain. To learn if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive scoliosis surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.* We are here to help guide you on your journey to wellness.