Scoliosis is a spinal condition that develops with varying degrees of severity. Although it can first appear in babies it usually first makes its presence felt in the young teens. Sufferers from the mildest forms of scoliosis have normal lives, and they do not require any treatment. In its more severe form, it can be very painful, but there are effective treatments. In most cases, it does not rank as a major health concern. Diagnosis is normally based on an examination of the back. If the doctor suspects scoliosis, they send you for an x-ray to confirm their diagnosis. Recommended treatment options depend on the patient's age and the severity of the condition.
A pronounced twist in the spine with a curve to the side is the most obvious scoliosis symptom. An x-ray reveals the severity of the curvature, but many other factors determine the best course of action. If a baby has scoliosis, there is a good chance it will correct itself as the child develops. Sometimes the doctor decides the young patient needs to wear a brace to prevent the bend in the spine worsening as the body develops. Only in the most extreme and rarest instances is back surgery necessary to straighten the spine.
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