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
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Source: mayo clinc