Scoliosis treatment options depend on the type of scoliosis as well as the level of curvature.
More About Types of Scoliosis
As we covered previously, there are several types of scoliosis. Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type. The precise cause of this form of scoliosis typically cannot be ascertained. When the cause is unknown, it’s called idiopathic scoliosis. This is the commonest type of scoliosis and is usually found in young people including children. Idiopathic scoliosis treatment is usually dependent upon the age when it starts developing.
Symptoms of Scoliosis
Scoliosis symptoms may vary from one patient to the next depending on the type, severity and cause of the disorder. Nevertheless, there are some general symptoms, which include:
* An uneven neckline
* The hip appears to be lower than the normal position
* One shoulder blade appears higher than the other
* The head looks tilted and out of alignment with the remainder of the body
* The breasts develop unevenly in young girls.
To diagnose scoliosis, the healthcare professional will first perform a physical examination. This includes a forward bending examination, which will enable the physician define the curve. Nevertheless, this test is not enough to clearly define the extent of the curve, thus an x-ray of the side and front of the spinal column is typically recommended. In addition, the physician will carry out a neurological examination to search for any alterations in sensation, reflexes, or strength. An MRI scan might also be carried out if there is need for it.
The treatment course for scoliosis depends upon several factors:
* Age of the patient
* Pattern, degree, location and size of the curve
* Cause and type of the disorder
A treatment is not needed in minor cases of scoliosis. Repeated examinations every four to six months are carried out to determine how the curve is progressing. If the condition continues to worsen, the healthcare professional may recommend any of the following treatments.
Brace treatment is recommended for patients with idiopathic scoliosis above twenty five to thirty degrees. This treatment helps to slow or stop the curve’s progression. There are several types of braces and each type looks and works differently. The brace puts pressure on the patient’s spine to make it straight. The brace is adjusted as the individual grows. Nevertheless, a brace cannot be used for cases of neuromuscular or congenital scoliosis. The most common kinds of braces are Boston brace, Milwaukee brace, Wilmington brace and Charleston brace.
If the braces fail to stop further progression of the curvature, a doctor might recommend scoliosis surgery. Surgical scoliosis treatment may also be recommended in severe cases of the condition. Surgery decreases the gravity of the spinal curvature and stops it from worsening. Most of the time, however, a doctor will recommend a non invasive treatment option, such as scoliosis bracing.
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