5 things you didn’t know about scoliosis

Did you know that scoliosis is the most common deformity of the spine affecting children and adults? Don’t be alarmed! A scoliosis diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to get back surgery; doctors can offer you a wide range of treatment options to help you manage your scoliosis symptoms without surgery. However, you should consider seeing a back specialist for advice on how to treat your spinal condition.


To help you understand the condition better, Dr. Hepler, a spine surgeon in Palm Beach County, presents five things you may not know about scoliosis:

  1. Surgery is not always necessary

As was mentioned above, there is only a small percentage of people with scoliosis where a spinal surgery is required; if the curve is very big or growing very quickly, surgery might be recommended. It is preferential to treat it conservatively and with other treatment options, such as physical therapy.

  1. Scoliosis cannot be prevented

Scoliosis is not caused by bad posture, carrying heavy backpacks, playing sports, or anything a child or parent did or did not do. Scoliosis is idiopathic, which means there is no known cause.

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  1. Giving up smoking is a proven treatment method

Did you know that smokers with scoliosis are at a much higher risk of progression of the condition as an adult? Smoking is the leading preventable cause of back and neck issues. If you quit smoking, you will not only decrease your scoliosis symptoms but also improve your overall health.


  1. Scoliosis has no effect on conception

If you are a woman and have scoliosis, it does not mean you won’t be able to have children, or will have trouble with a natural birth.  It should be stated that in most cases, women have no problems with pregnancy, so you can expect to have a safe and comfortable delivery.


  1. You can return to sports after spinal surgery

When people hear “spine surgery,” they usually assume it means the end to any participation in recreational sports… but It doesn’t have to! After the appropriate recovery time, you’ll be able to take part in sports (including contact sports) again, just make sure to check with your doctor regarding your overall health before participating in any activities.


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Dr. Hepler is an adult and pediatric  spine surgeon in Fort Lauderdale. He treats all conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, and also provides spinal stenosis treatment in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. Additionally, he provides non-operative treatment options, such as pain medications, steroid injections, and physical therapy, as well as operative treatment, including both minimally invasive techniques and complex reconstruction. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, don’t hesitate to Contact Us. We are here to make you stronger and healthier!


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