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Treatments for Adults with Scoliosis

Updated on March 16, 2013
Figure 1. An illustration of scoliosis (captured from
Figure 1. An illustration of scoliosis (captured from

What your orthopedist may suggest...

I was only 13 when my orthopedist diagnosed me with scoliosis, or the curvature of the spine from side to side (see Figure 1). And I am still living with scoliosis now, in which the condition is no longer classified as juvenile scoliosis but adult scoliosis. After all, I've stopped growing. Upwards, that is, and no guarantee for side expansion...

When diagnosed, the orthopedist took a spine x-ray and then measured the angle of my curvature, in degrees, using a technique called Cobb Angle. Such measurement determines what type of treatment should be undertaken. My scoliosis curve was below 15 degrees, which meant I didn't need any treatment except physical exercises to strengthen my back. Greater than 15 degrees, the orthopedist would usually recommend treatments.

So, what are the available treatments, that is, for adults? The experts would usually categorize treatments into surgical and non-surgical. Surgical one involves, well, obviously, a surgery. In adults, the specialist would recommend this option, if the scoliosis is causing great pain. The non-surgical options, which are commonly recommended, include exercise and conditioning, bracing, and, sometimes, in combination with pain killers.

What do I do? Well, I opt for regular chiropractic care, yoga, and muscle conditioning. I have also given Schroth method a try. Although my spine is still, beautifully, curved, I rarely have backache. And I am hoping this continues...


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      Lecie 7 years ago

      i have suffered with this since i was 11. i'm now 24. i'm on disability and the insurance is lousy. it refuses to cover more than 30 physical therapy sessions a year. just when i start feeling better i reach my limit of 30. i have a great amount of back pain everyday. i can't afford yoga classes or to pay for therapy on my own. i can barely afford to eat right now. i have been trying to find a way to either get more therapy sessions covered or surgery. no one seems to be able to help or offer any advice. since you suffer with it i thought you might at least have some advice to offer. thanks for posting this hub.