According to the American Chiropractic Association, nearly 5 to 7 million Americans are affected by scoliosis. Usually appearing during a child’s growth spurt period, scoliosis is caused by an irregular and debilitating curvature of the spine. After years of research, most cases of scoliosis are unknown. Dr. Suken Shah, of Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and a team of researchers have concluded that scoliosis is in a large part a development from genetics. Typically, a brace is used to correct the alignment of the spine, and if that fails then physicians turn to surgery. Yet, these treatments are not always successful and can be lengthy and difficult. A new saliva test has recently been introduced to the medical world and can predict the future of a person’s scoliosis.
ONE Brain and Spine Center hopes that continued research and development would be introduced and certify so that they can assist their patients with the most effective treatments. Dr. Burak Ozgur utilizes scientific research to determine which treatment options should be used at ONE. Located in Irvine, ONE Brain and Spine Center delivers the best brain and spine care to the residents of surrounding California areas.
This new advancement in scoliosis testing is called Scoliscore. Created by researchers at Axial Biotech, Inc. in Salt Lake City, Utah, this saliva test is based on the patient’s DNA. A saliva sample is collected and sent to a laboratory for testing. Once the results return, a score is assigned on a 1-200 point scale. The score determines the likelihood that the curve progression will continue or not. A score between 1 and 50 means that there is a 99 percent chance that the spinal curve will stop progressing. Scoliscore tests 53 genetic markers to predict whether there is a risk for further and a more severe curvature. Dr. Suken Shah says that the test works almost completely accurately for Caucasian children, but further tests are needed to test Asian and African American patients.
Because cases of scoliosis are most often seen in children who are in the age range of puberty, it is important to examine your children (if you are a parent) at a very young age. Doctors recommend looking for symptoms such as uneven shoulders, uneven waistline, one hip higher than the other, or one shoulder blade more prominent than the other.
Dr. Saken believes in the results from Scoliscore. Not only is it effective for scientific data but it “sort of takes the blinders off and we can concentrate on the patients that actually need us the most; people with progressive curves and people who are going to have some difficulties in the future if their curve changes.”
Scoliosis can in some cases be life threatening. If the spine is manipulated enough it can cut of a person’s air supply. ONE Brain and Spine Center is a one-of-a-kind facility that ensures to take care of every patient that walks through the doors. If you or someone you know suffers from back pain or scoliosis, call and set up an appointment with a physician at ONE.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
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