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SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT IN FAYETTEVILLE, NC

An image showing a human back and highlighting the different symptoms of scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine. This condition is present when the spine curves or twists unnaturally sideways. This results in a C or S shaped spine while viewing it from the front or back when it would normally be straight.

Scoliosis usually begins during adolescence, but people of any age can have it. Adults may have scoliosis due to various causes, such as issues related to aging or if it was left untreated during childhood. Scoliosis can also develop alongside other spinal conditions, such as degenerative disc disease or spinal stenosis. Scoliosis occurs about twice as often in women than men. A family history of scoliosis contributes to its likelihood of occurring. In many cases, it is not entirely clear what causes scoliosis.

Depending on the degree of curvature, scoliosis is characterized as mild, moderate, or severe. A curvature of less than 25° is mild, of 25-40° is moderate, and over 40° is severe.

The Symptoms of Scoliosis

The main symptom of scoliosis is an unnatural curvature of the spine to the left or right. Listed below are other common symptoms:

  • One hip that appears higher than the other hip
  • One leg that appears longer than the other leg
  • A shoulder that protrudes and is more visible and higher than the other one
  • A waist that appears uneven
  • Muscle spasms in the back
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Back pain

An image comparing a healthy spine to spines with different types of scoliosis.

Diagnosing Scoliosis

Diagnosis is first done by physical examination. The doctor will look for signs of scoliosis and observe the patient stand, bend, and walk. The doctor may use scoliometer screening, which is a simple, non-invasive method for measuring the curvature of the spine. Imaging techniques, such as x-rays, may also be used to examine the spine in detail from different angles.

Treating Scoliosis

Treatment for moderate or severe cases of scoliosis may include exercises, stretches, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and back braces. We utilize the Peak Scoliosis Bracing System™ when a back brace is required for treatment. This is an adjustable back brace that is designed to relieve pain and has been shown to improve posture, increase range of movement, and help patients live a happier, healthier life.

Mild scoliosis usually requires little or no treatment, but the doctor may want to monitor the condition to see that it doesn’t get worse.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of scoliosis, please call Valley Physical Medicine in Fayetteville, NC at (910) 354-2166 for your free consultation.

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