Scoliosis services offered in Century City, Los Angeles and Marina Del Rey, Marina Del Rey, CA


Scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine, affects 6-9 million people in the United States. It can occur in infancy or early childhood but most often develops in children and teens between the ages of 10 and 15. Fellowship-trained spine surgeon Neil Bhamb, MD, is an expert in the care of spinal abnormalities and scoliosis. To schedule an evaluation with Dr. Bhamb, call the office in Century City or Marina Del Rey, California. You can also request an appointment online today.

Scoliosis Q & A

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves sideways rather than remaining straight. This curvature can be in the shape of an "S" or a "C," and it can range in severity from mild to severe. Scoliosis can occur in both children and adults, but it is most commonly diagnosed during adolescence.

What causes scoliosis?

There is no single cause of scoliosis, but it is often associated with genetics. In fact, scoliosis is hereditary in some cases. 

Other causes can include neuromuscular disorders, congenital disabilities, and injuries to the spine. Less common causes might consist of certain neuromuscular conditions, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, infections of the spine, previous surgery on the chest wall as a baby, and spinal abnormalities.

What are some symptoms of scoliosis?

Scoliosis can cause a range of symptoms, including:

  • Uneven shoulders
  • Uneven waist
  • One hip higher than the other
  • Back pain
  • Trouble breathing

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, seeking medical attention right away is crucial.

How do I know if I have scoliosis?

Scoliosis can be diagnosed through a physical exam, X-rays, and other imaging tests. Dr. Bhamb may also ask about your medical history and any family history of scoliosis.

How is scoliosis treated? 

The treatment for scoliosis depends on the severity of the curvature and the age of the patient. Mild cases may not require any treatment, but more severe cases may require a brace or surgery.


A brace may be recommended for children and adolescents whose spine is still growing. The 

brace is designed to prevent the curvature from getting worse.


Surgery is typically recommended for severe cases of scoliosis causing significant pain or discomfort. Dr. Bhamb straightens the spine during surgery and fuses the affected vertebrae together.

Physical therapy and other holistic spine care modalities may also be recommended to help strengthen the muscles in the back and reduce pain.

Scoliosis is a common condition that can cause significant pain and discomfort. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of scoliosis, contact the office of Neil Bhamb, MD. With early diagnosis and treatment, it is possible to manage the symptoms of scoliosis and improve quality of life.