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What it Can Mean to Have a Slight Curve in the Spine

If you have noticed a slight curve in the spine, this could indicate that scoliosis is present. Most likely, the curve has caused some postural changes, and this is what you’ve noticed. If scoliosis is the cause of these postural changes, this is the time to seek out further testing so a diagnosis can be reached and treatment can be started. People can have...

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The Mild Scoliosis X-Ray

X-rays have been around since the late 1800s and remain one of the leading diagnostic technologies used worldwide. X-rays are noninvasive, accessible, inexpensive, and reliable. When it comes to a structural deformity like scoliosis, the first big challenge is getting an early diagnosis so treatment can be started; a mild scoliosis X-ray can tell us if a patient has...

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How Do You Get Scoliosis?

How do you get scoliosis? This is a question frequently asked by individuals who have received a recent scoliosis diagnosis. It is one of many questions that may flood through their mind after their diagnosis. Is it genetic? Was it something I did? Was there something I could have done to prevent it? How do you treat it? What’s next? Scoliosis is a complex and...

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Understanding Scoliosis Neck Pain

Neck problems are more prevalent in individuals with idiopathic scoliosis than they are in the general population. When it comes to treating scoliosis-related neck pain, we must identify the cause and take a two-pronged approach. First, we want to determine just how much of a loss of motion there is; next, we want to address the structural issues affecting the...

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Scoliosis in Children

When we see scoliosis in children, we take their treatment very seriously. While treating children with scoliosis is where we can make the biggest impact in terms of long-term improvement, it’s also the age group at the highest risk of rapid progression. When we think of scoliosis, we most often think of children developing the condition in their adolescent...

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C5 C6 Disc Bulging: All You Need to Know

The spinal cord serves as the communication point of the body’s central nervous system by carrying signals from the brain to the peripheral nerves. When disc problems such as C5 C6 disc bulging occur in the cervical spine, it can create pressure on the nerve roots next to the spinal cord, which can lead to a variety of symptoms and health concerns. If you have...

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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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