Scoliosis Specialist

Robert Lowe III, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeons & Spine Specialists located in Nashville, TN & Cookeville, TN

Scoliosis is a spinal deformity that affects 6-9 million people in the United States. Without proper treatment, scoliosis may lead to a permanent spinal deformity that affects quality of life. Robert Lowe III, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon who provides comprehensive care for scoliosis, including surgical intervention when needed. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Nashville, Springhill, or Cookeville, Tennessee, or click the online booking button today.

Scoliosis Q & A

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature in the spine. Your spine has natural curves that evenly distribute body weight, reducing stress on one particular part of your spine or body during activities.

With scoliosis, your spine has a sideways, or horizontal, curve. The spinal deformity usually develops during periods of growth, either during childhood or adolescence. 

Though scoliosis may develop from an underlying congenital or neuromuscular condition, most cases of the spinal deformity are idiopathic. Idiopathic scoliosis means the sideways curve develops, but there is no known cause. 

What are the signs and symptoms of scoliosis?

Scoliosis affects the curvature of the spine and may cause visible physical changes in how your child or teen carries their body. 

Common signs and symptoms of scoliosis include:

  • One shoulder sits higher than the other
  • Uneven waist
  • One shoulder blade sticks out more than the other
  • One hip sits higher than the other
  • The body tends to lean to one side
  • The head is not centered over the pelvis

Scoliosis may also cause back pain. 

Over time, the spine may twist, causing a shift in the rib cage that can affect lung expansion and heart function. 

If you have concerns about scoliosis, Dr. Lowe can help. He provides comprehensive scoliosis care for adolescents and adults. 

How is scoliosis diagnosed?

When you visit Dr. Lowe with concerns about scoliosis, he conducts an in-depth exam to fully understand the severity of the deformity so he can develop the best treatment plan.

He reviews your (or your child’s) medical and growth history and performs a physical and neurological exam, paying close attention to the structure of the spine. 

To diagnose scoliosis and determine the severity of the curvature, Dr. Lowe performs X-rays. 

How is scoliosis treated?

Treatment for scoliosis depends on the severity of the curvature and the maturity of the spine. If your teen’s scoliosis is mild, Dr. Lowe may only recommend regular checkups to monitor the curvature and growth. 

For teens with moderate scoliosis who are still growing, Dr. Lowe recommends bracing to reverse or prevent further progression of the sideways curve. He discontinues bracing when your teen stops growing.

With severe scoliosis, surgery to correct the deformity may be recommended. Dr. Lowe is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon and may perform a spinal fusion to correct the spinal deformity. 

For comprehensive scoliosis care from an experienced spine surgeon, call the nearest office of Robert Lowe III, MD, or click the online booking button to schedule a consultation today.


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