Scoliosis, is a sideways curvature of the spine.
- More than 3 million US cases per year
- Can’t be cured, but treatment may help
- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Lab tests or imaging always required
- Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
- Scoliosis occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty.
- Most cases are mild with few symptoms.
- Some children develop spine
deformities that get more severe as they grow.
- Severe scoliosis can be painful and disabling.
- Often, no treatment is necessary.
- Sometimes a brace or surgery is needed.
Common symptoms: back pain, leaning to one side, muscle spasms, physical deformity, or uneven waist
Treatments: Can’t be cured, but treatment may help. Often, no treatment is necessary. Sometimes a brace or surgery is needed.
Lifestyle: Physical exercise, Stretching
7Devices: Back brace
Procedures: Spinal fusion, Bone grafting
Radiologist: Uses images to diagnose and treat disease within the body.
Primary care provider (PCP): Prevents, diagnoses, and treats diseases.
Orthopedic surgeon: Performs surgery for conditions affecting bones and muscles.
Geriatrician: Focuses on the health care of elderly people.
Physical therapist: Restores muscle strength and function through exercise.
Neurosurgeon: Specializes in nervous system disorders.
Pediatrician: Provides medical care for infants, children, and teenagers
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Note: The information you see describes what usually happens with a medical condition, but doesn’t apply to everyone. This information isn’t medical advice, so make sure to contact a healthcare provider if you have a medical problem. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or a emergency number immediately.
Source: mayo clinc