Dr. James Allen Guess is a leading spine specialist practising in Carrollton, TX. He has extensive experience in treating moderate to severe spinal deformities including Kyphosis as well as Scoliosis. The surgeon uses advanced surgical and non-surgical procedures to restore the normal alignment of the spine.


Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine develops an abnormal curvature. The spine may get inclined to either side of the body resembling the alphabet C or S. Females and adolescents in the age group of 9 -15 years are at a higher risk of developing the condition.

Types Of Scoliosis

Based on causes, Scoliosis can be classified as:

  • Congenital Scoliosis: When the condition is caused due to an inherited deformity in the spine, it is known as Congenital Scoliosis.
  • Neuromuscular Scoliosis: People with Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy and Paralysis are likely to suffer from the condition.
  • Degenerative Scoliosis: The condition may be caused due to bone collapse because of sudden trauma or   Osteoporosis.
  • Idiopathic Scoliosis:  This type of Scoliosis usually does not have any identifiable cause.

Symptoms Of Scoliosis

  • Back pain
  • Weakness
  • Stiffness
  • Numbness
  • Uneven shoulders
  • Leaning to one side

Diagnosis Of Scoliosis

The orthopedic doctor may physically examine the spine and use the Cobb method for measuring the curvature. He may recommend imaging tests such as X- ray, MRI or CT scan to determine the severity of the condition. Bone scans may also be suggested by the doctor to identify the cause of Scoliosis.

Treatment For Scoliosis

  • Brace: A doctor may suggest wearing a brace to provide support to the back and cease the progression of the curve. It is usually recommended for children who are in the growing age and have mild Scoliosis.
Types of Braces:

  • Under arm brace: This type of brace easily fits to the back and helps in preventing the progression of the condition by applying three point pressure to the spine. It is also known as Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral-Orthosis brace as it is mainly used for improving the curvature in the lumbar or thoracic region.
  • Milwaukee brace: This brace contains a neck ring which provides rest to the chin and head. It is held by flat bars in front and at the back. The doctor may suggest wearing Milwaukee brace to correct Scoliosis of the thoracic spine.
  • Charleston bending brace: It is usually worn at night and helps in exerting pressure against the curve, which further improves the condition.

  • Exercises: Certain exercises may be recommended by the doctor to restore the overall strength and functionality of the spine.

Surgical treatment:

Spinal fusion: The procedure involves the use of bone grafts to join the vertebrae together. Metal rods, screws or wires may be used to hold the bones till they heal completely.

For treatment of Scoliosis and other spine deformities, visit Dr. Guess. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeon in Carrollton, TX, call at (972) 492 – 1334.