Defined as an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine, which results in an exaggerated C or S shape. These curves may or may not be physically noticeable. While it is normal to address the curve from the front or back view, the condition is actually a 3-dimensional problem which can also be seen from above and to the side. These angles are seldom brought to the table for discussion as they are hard to capture and monitor clearly. A Scoliosis diagnose is confirmed through physical examinations, X-ray and spinal scans by a medical professional.
While scoliosis is unique to the individual and without cure, a treatment plan is normally formed by assessing the following factors:-
-Skeletal maturity. Which is calculated by Risser’s sign through an X-ray of the hip.
-Degree and extent of curvature. Being how serious the curve is and how it affects the lifestyle of the patient.
-Location of curve. Scholars argue that a thoracic curve, closer to the heart than the stomach, has higher chances of progression.
-Possibility of curve progression. The higher the degree of curve before full skeletal maturity, the more likely the curve will worsen.
After taking the above into consideration, generally 1 of 3 treatment paths is recommended. Read more about this on our previous post here.
*NST (Singapore) article 11 Nov 2018