If your family has a history of idiopathic scoliosis, you probably want to know more about it.
In part one of this series, we covered some fast facts about scoliosis. This article will continue this topic and expand on it.
How Is Scoliosis Diagnosed and How Is It Treated?
How is scoliosis diagnosed? “Diagnosing scoliosis uses a combination of medical history, genetics, a spinal exam, and testing to determine what curvature, if any is present. Spinal X-rays also help a doctor to diagnose scoliosis, as well as the degree of curvature such as 25 degrees, 30 degrees and so forth. Then, the spinal specialist can determine what treatment option is best.
Usually scoliosis treatment is based on what level of curvature a patient has as well as other factors such as genetics and whether the condition is self-correcting. Observation, for example is recommended for curvatures below 20 degrees. The next window is 21-25% is usually the point that something like a brace is recommended. Finally, spinal curvature that is higher than 25% is usually a decision point for the final method of treatment: back surgery. An important thing to realize regarding scoliosis surgery that it is a very small amount of patients that are diagnosed as needing surgery, namely less than 1% of all scoliosis patients.
More Information about Scoliosis Bracing
Scoliosis bracing is almost as diverse as scoliosis treatment itself. Some scoliosis patients will need a hard brace while others can make due with a soft brace. Both braces have come a long way from the painfully conspicuous braces from even a few decades ago. Newer high tech materials and better construction materials have made braces thin enough to be easily concealed under clothing. Regardless of whether a brace is hard or soft, it corrects scoliosis by keeping the curved area immobile , forcing it back into alignment with the rest of the spine. The length of time that a patient would have to wear the brace is entirely on the discretion of the doctor. Some patients have to wear their braces for 20 out out 24 hours. Some patients only about twelve hours.
There are a lot of factors regarding a brace. One thing that you should never do however is attempt to buy any sort of treatment option for your scoliosis without checking with a chiropractor. That way you can make sure that you have the right scoliosis brace for you.
Pivonka Family Chiropractic
1355 S Higley Rd #102
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Scoliosis Bracing for Adults