Neuromuscular scoliosis is a complex spinal problem caused by an underlying neuromuscular disease such as spina bifida, muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy. Children’s Health Andrews Institute Spine Center is the only medical facility in North Texas with a multidisciplinary team devoted to treating all the physical and emotional issues that surround neuromuscular scoliosis and the primary muscular or neurological condition.
Our pediatric orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, neurologists, pulmonologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians and physical therapists are uniquely qualified to provide comprehensive care to children with neuromuscular scoliosis.
Neuromuscular scoliosis tends to show up earlier in children than adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. It also progresses more rapidly, and advances even after the child has stopped growing. Symptoms are similar to other forms of scoliosis. They include:
Shoulders appear uneven
One hip is higher than the other
Waist looks uneven
Rib cage is more prominent on one side
Pelvis is tilted
Pressure sores may appear (in children who use wheelchairs)
At the Spine Center, a multidisciplinary team will develop a comprehensive plan to treat all aspects of neuromuscular scoliosis and the primary neuromuscular condition. Although our doctors will try all non-surgical treatment options first, this type of scoliosis often requires surgery. We know this is a difficult option to consider, but parents can take comfort knowing that our pediatric orthopedic surgeons use the most innovative and advanced treatments available. Learn about diagnosis and treatment.