Scoliosis | Comprehensive Pain Management Center


Scoliosis is a disorder where the spine has an irregular curve. This may occur at any age, be the

result of a different condition, and seems to arise mainly in women. Scoliosis is divided into

three different categories, idiopathic, congenital, and resulting from a different illness, that

identify the cause. Scoliosis is considered idiopathic when no underlying causes can be

identified. Scoliosis of a congenital nature refers to the condition being present from birth.

Scoliosis may also be caused by a different condition such as muscular dystrophy, physical

trauma, Stickler syndrome, and Marfan syndrome.

The measurement of spinal curve, through the use of Cobb’s angle, is the main tool in diagnosing . A curve of the spine that surpasses 10 degrees in any one plane, usually described as a

“C” or “S” shape of the spine, is the main criteria. Other identifiers

include uneven hips, uneven leg lengths, uneven muscularity, balance problems, and a protruding

rib or shoulder blade. In severe cases, patients have described difficulty breathing,

pain, and a reduced ability to function.

Treatment is determined by the age of the patient, severity of curve, and the location of the



  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Braces
  • Surgery: for severe cases (curvature of 45 degrees or greater)

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