In our previous post, we went over the definitions, symptoms and causes of scoliosis. In this blog, we’ll touch on the diagnosis and treatment options for those who have scoliosis.
Due to the nature of the condition, scoliosis is typically easy to diagnose. During a physical exam, a doctor will ask the patient to bend over at the waist and look for a number of things: obvious spinal curvatures, uneven shoulders or a tilted pelvis. These things stand out and don’t require much more than a visual examination. If the doctor believes the patient may have scoliosis, x-rays may be ordered to assess the severity of the curvature. From there, a treatment method will be determined.
Regardless of the severity of the case, it is advised that those with the condition receive two to three checkups a year to determine if the scoliosis is worsening. For those with less-severe cases, a physical therapy regimen be prescribed along with a back brace to keep the spine straight. Spinal manipulative therapy and spinal stabilizing exercises can also correct the bad mechanics derived from long-standing, untreated simple mechanical back pain and slow down the accelerated aging processes people develop as a result of scoliosis.
Those with severe cases may require surgery, although surgical treatment is only used in cases where the curvature in the spine is advancing at a rapid rate or if it is beginning to affect the breathing or other normal functions of the patient.
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