Localized Hypertrophic

Localized Hypertrophic Scoliosis (LHS)

Localized Hypertrophic Scoliosis (LHS) is a condition of the spine in which a part of the spine becomes abnormally curved and/or thickened. While it is relatively rare, LHS can cause painful and potentially disabling symptoms if not treated properly. The condition is the result of an abnormal growth of the spine that causes it to become abnormally curved, and usually affects only one side of the spine.

The most common symptom of LHS is back pain that becomes worse with activity. People with LHS also may experience tingling and numbness in the lower back and legs, as well as difficulty with certain activities. Left untreated, the condition can worsen and lead to permanent disability.

Treatment for LHS often involves physical therapy and medications to reduce pain and inflammation. Surgery is usually considered when more conservative treatments have failed. The goal of surgery is to reduce the curvature of the spine and prevent further progression. Depending on the specific type of surgery, it may involve inserting metal rods and screws into the spine to help stabilize it and correct the deformity.

Treatments for LHS

Conservative treatments: Many cases of LHS can be effectively managed with conservative treatments. These may include:

  • Physical therapy to help improve mobility and reduce pain
  • Medications to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Bracing to help reduce the curvature of the spine
  • Injections of synthetic protein to reduce inflammation

Surgical treatments: In cases where conservative treatments have failed, doctor may recommend surgical treatments. These may include:

  • Osteotomy, which involves removing part of a bone to reduce the curvature of the spine
  • Fusion, which involves joining two or more vertebrae to help stabilize the spine
  • Spinal instrumentation, which involves inserting metal rods and screws into the spine to help stabilize it and correct the deformity

Alternative treatments: Alternative treatments may also be used to help manage the symptoms of LHS. These may include:

  • Acupuncture, which may help reduce pain
  • Chiropractic care, which may help reduce pain and improve mobility
  • Massage therapy, which may help reduce muscle spasms and reduce pain
  • Herbal supplements, which may help reduce inflammation and reduce pain