What is Scoliosis?

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is the medical term used to describe a curvature of the spine where the condition of side-to-side spinal curves measure greater than 10º, with spinal rotation, on a standing x-ray or EOS scan. The spinal x-ray of a patient with scoliosis will look more like an “S” or a “C” rather than a straight line. Your shoulders or hips may appear to be uneven depending on where your curves are located along your spine.

The most common diagnosis of scoliosis is Idiopathic Scoliosis – with “idiopathic” referring to the cause being unknown. This develops most frequently in pre-teens or teenagers. Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is up to ten times more common in girls than boys.

Not every patient diagnosed with scoliosis will require active treatment. Dr Labrom will monitor your curve and will support you through your journey. If it is believed your curvature may worsen and cause problems, treatment may include physical therapy, bracing, or—in the most severe cases—surgery may be advised. For a spinal curvature of less than 25º Dr Labrom will recommend observation and monitoring every four to six months. For curves above 25º Dr Labrom will discuss bracing. Muscular therapies and postural training is recommended for all scoliosis curves.

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Understanding scoliosis

Is it scoliosis? Learn about the symptoms and causes of scoliosis through our FAQ section.

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Identifying scoliosis conditions

What are the different scoliosis diagnosis conditions and what do the terms actually mean?

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Treatments and therapies

Learn about the treatment options for various curvature ranges across surgical and non-surgical interventions.

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Your Patient Journey

When you visit Scoliosis Specialists you will be guided through your patient journey with professional care and compassionate support. We will work with you to determine the optimal treatment based on clinically-proven and evidence-based options for your individual patient needs. Every scoliosis is unique.

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