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What Are the Best Exercise Programs for Scoliosis?

Scoliosis-specific exercises and scoliosis bracing are the scientifically proven treatment methods for both adults and children. The scoliosis-specific exercise programs that scoliosis clinicians and researchers have come up with are designed to stabilize the spine, reduce the curvature size, and improve the cosmetic appearance of the patient.  So, what are the...

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The Scoliosis X-Ray: What You Need to Know

The Scoliosis X-ray is the most common method of diagnosing and monitoring a patient’s scoliosis. Once any underlying pathology or conditions are ruled out, X-rays can tell us what we need to know about a patient’s condition. While many people still have concerns regarding side effects of frequent X-rays, those concerns are unfounded. How Should a Scoliosis...

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The Relationship Between Scoliosis and Sciatica Pain

The Relationship Between Scoliosis and Sciatic Pain Scoliosis is a spinal condition that leads to a curvature that can cause pinching and constriction along the vertebrae. Sciatic pain is a source of extreme discomfort and sensitivity along the sciatic nerve. This nerve starts in the lower lumbar spine, leading down near the heel of both legs.  So, what is...

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Should I Use a Back Brace for Scoliosis Pain?

Back braces are one of the most common treatments for people suffering from scoliosis pain. They can bring almost immediate comfort, though some medical professionals question whether they improve cases of scoliosis. So, should you use a back brace to treat scoliosis pain? You should only use a back brace to treat scoliosis pain if the brace is recommended by a...

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Common Methods for Assessing Scoliosis: Cobb Angel, Scoliometer Test, and the Risser-Ferguson Method.

Scoliosis is an incurable and progressive condition characterized by an abnormally curved spine. When it comes to understanding what’s happening with a patient’s spine, there are a variety of assessment systems in place. The Scoliometer test, Cobb angle, and Risser-Ferguson Method are the most widely used and accepted.  Basic Anatomy of the Spine Before we...

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Weight-Bearing Exercises and Scoliosis

There have been a lot of questions on whether or not exercise is helpful for people with scoliosis. The key is knowing which exercises are good for the condition and which exacerbate its symptoms. Weight-bearing exercise promotes bone health by putting more stress on muscles and joints and working against gravity. Scoliosis and Mobility     I feel like one of the...

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The Role of Scoliosis Exercises and Physical Therapy in Treatment

When it comes to treating scoliosis, the focus is on reducing the curvature and managing the condition’s progression. Just as exercise and physical therapy offer the average person a lot of health-and-wellness benefits, people with scoliosis can also benefit from a physical therapy program that’s customized to their individual condition. Scoliosis, Physical...

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How to Deal with Adult Degenerative Scoliosis

Adult Degenerative Scoliosis, aka ADS, is a disorder in which the patient has degenerating vertebrae along their spine. ADS is unique and different from regular scoliosis in the sense that it can seem to develop in a short amount of time, often occurring in less than a year. So, how do you deal with Adult Degenerative Scoliosis? Doctors have determined that...

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Does Scoliosis Have a Genetic Component?

While many people have the idea that scoliosis is inherited, that’s not the case. Despite the amount of research that has been done over the years in search of a genetic link to scoliosis, no clear genetic link has been found. Scoliosis can, however, be described as ‘familial’, meaning the condition can run in families. In Search of a Genetic Link To say a...

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How Do You Treat Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis?

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is one of the most challenging stages to treat when treating patients. Generally speaking, medical professionals attempt to promote recovery before puberty, though this isn't always possible. So, how do you treat Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis? You can treat Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis with specific exercises,...

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What is a Scoliosis Curvature?

Scoliosis is a spinal deformity that’s more common than many people think. A scoliosis curvature of the spine must include rotation and have a Cobb angle measurement of more than 10 degrees. The rotation component is key as just a bend to the spine could be a postural problem, rather than a true scoliosis. Scoliosis Curvature vs. Postural Problem If scoliosis is...

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What Does Scoliosis Mean?

So, what does scoliosis mean? Scoliosis refers to a curvature of the spine, generally between 10 degrees and 40+ degrees. People who suffer from scoliosis may experience pain, limited mobility, and other debilitating symptoms. Scoliosis can lead to improper posture, hip and shoulder misalignment, and, worst of all, pain. Some people have it for unknown reasons,...

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