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How Do Physicians Diagnose Scoliosis
Multiple treatments: Scoliosis in adults can be quite painful and debilitating. It is often treated initially with non-operative measures such as pain medications, physical therapy and postural exercises, spinal steroid injections. If these are ineffective, surgery can sometimes be performed to help relieve the pressure off the compressed nerves and help stabilize the abnormal spinal curvature. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Xrays: In many cases, the findings on a patient with even a large scoliosis curve can be subtle. This is in part why schools will screen for scoliosis. The most common findings are an asymmetry in the hips and pelvis, an elevation of one shoulder, and a rib hump, otherwise known as an asymmetric trunk rotation. An xray is the definitive test. Thank you for your question. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Orthopaedic Surgeon: Typically, it is an orthopaedic surgeon who can provide for the full range of diagnosis & treatment which can range from observation, bracing and surgery as well as categorizing the type of scoliosis & the options for treatment and prognosis. There are other specialists who may contribute in the diagnosis & nonop management as well. Some neurosurgeons have had training in the surgical management. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends, maybe none: Scoliosis is primarily treated based upon the size of the curve and the age of the patient. A skeletally mature adult with a curve less than 45 degrees and not having any problems does not really need followup or treatment. If you do need to be seen, an orthopedic surgeon that treats scoliosis is the type of doctor that you see. Thank you for your question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perhaps spinal: If truly slight, you may not need to see anyone. But to get a thorough assessment and a chance to address all your concerns, see a spinal specialist who treats deformity like scoliosis. If you have more than minor discomfort or nerve symptoms (numbness, tingling, weakness), definitely see the specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Orthopedic : If you have scoliosis you should see an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spine( did an 'extra' year in a spine fellowship).... Or a pediatric orthopedist who specilises in spine/ scoliosis surgery .At age 18 your ' curve' should not be progressing but may be painful or unsightly. See spine specialist( above). Best of Luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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