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How do doctors diagnose scoliosis?

How do doctors diagnose scoliosis?

X-ray : A physical exam can raise the suspicion regarding whether or not a person has scoliosis, but an X-ray will confirm the diagnosis and determine the severity. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Abnormal Curvature Of The Spine (Definition)

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What do physicians suggest for scoliosis in adults?

What do physicians suggest for scoliosis in adults?

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 more

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What exactly does a physician do to check for scoliosis?

What exactly does a physician do to check for scoliosis?

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 more

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What doctors specialize in scoliosis?

What doctors specialize in scoliosis?

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 more

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What kind of doctor should I see if I have scoliosis?

What kind of doctor should I see if I have scoliosis?

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 more

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If I have a slight scoliosis, what kind of doctor should I see?

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 more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is lumbar prominence scoliosis?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is lumbar prominence scoliosis?

Scoliosis: Normally the spine is straight as you view it from the front. If it curves, that is scoliosis. Lumbar scoliosis is curvature of the lumbar spine. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is "thoracolumbar scoliosis"?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is "thoracolumbar scoliosis"?

Idiopathic scoliosis: Idiopathic scoliosis which usually affects preteens and teens initially has thoraco lumbar configuration with thoracic curve mainly to right and lumbar curve mainly to left (s-shaped). ...Read more

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I have scoliosis and it is getting worse. what kind of doctor do I need to see?

I have scoliosis and it is getting worse. what kind of doctor do I need to see?

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 more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Scoliosis (Definition)

Scoliosis is a condition where patients have an abnormal curvature of ...Read more