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Figure: X-ray showing scoliosis (curved spine)

Are You Suffering From These Symptoms of Scoliosis?

Some Possible Associated Symptoms with Scoliosis include(s):

  • A hump present in the upper or lower back
  • Asymmetry of the chest wall
  • Shoulders or the Pelvis are not level
  • A patient with Scoliosis might notice that one hand brushes against their hips while walking while the other hand does not
What is a Scoliosis?

Scoliosis refers to a medical condition where the spine is bent or curved to the side. It can be seen in the young (adolescent idiopathic scoliosis or AIS) or in the elderly (degenerative scoliosis). In AIS, there is often one main curve which affects the chest area, but there can be multiple curves affecting different parts of the spine. It is important to exclude some conditions which can produce scoliosis (secondary causes).

What are the Treatments Available for Scoliosis?

The treatment options for curved spine or scoliosis in the young can be non-operative or operative. Observation, physiotherapy and braces are non-operative options while operative treatment involves correcting the curved spine and fusing the spine (using screws or hooks to join the bones together). In degenerative scoliosis, the curve is stiffer and there may be associated compression of the nerves. Surgical treatment for the curved spine may involve isolated neural decompression (or freeing the nerves) with or without a spinal fusion.

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