So you have been diagnosed with mild scoliosis, or maybe you are on the border of developing it. Although this diagnosis can be overwhelming, the great news is that it has been detected early! Early intervention plays a critical role in scoliosis curve reduction. Below you will find everything you need to know about mild scoliosis and all the options that are available to you.
Mild scoliosis is classified by a curve measuring between 10-25 degrees. Even if your curve has been measured below 10 degrees it still needs to be monitored for possible progression. The stats on mild scoliosis progression are alarming.
-Mild Scoliosis has a significant risk of progression, up to 22%
-Once the Scoliosis passes 20 degrees, risk of progression more than triples to 68%
-Scoliosis curve is less than 25°.
-May have tilted head, uneven shoulders or hips.
-Head may appear forward of shoulders (“Forward Head Posture”) when viewed from the side
-Clothing may hang unevenly.
-May have uneven leg lengths (with patient laying straight on the floor or bed, observe where the shoes meet).
-May go unnoticed, even by medical doctors or school screeners.
-May or may not be associated with pain.
-Most common in young, premenstrual girls, but can be seen in boys or adults.
-Is not a candidate for bracing or surgery
Classic Medical Treatment
It is common practice for doctors to recommend “observing” mild scoliosis curves, sometimes called “watch and wait”. This means once the scoliosis is discovered, it is re-x-rayed until it passes a 30-degree curve at which point it then becomes a candidate for either bracing, or surgery.
“Watch and Wait” is not a scoliosis treatment, it is just doing nothing and hoping the scoliosis won’t get worse.
Many times I’ve had patients come into my practice and say “it was just a mild scoliosis curve until all of a sudden it just took off and progressed over 35 degrees and now my doctor is recommending scoliosis spinal fusion surgery”.
Though it is rare for scoliosis to present with pain in adolescence, pain is a common symptom of adult scoliosis. The patients in my office receiving adult scoliosis treatment all say the same thing, they were told they had scoliosis as children and teens and advised to “watch & wait”. Then around middle age, sometimes sooner, they begin to experience back pain, hip pain, or other symptoms only to discover that scoliosis is the underlying culprit.
The longer you wait, the worse the curve gets. Once skeletal maturity is reached, a patient with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is now said to have Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis. There would typically be a slow increase (about 0.5-2 degrees per year) in the curvature that began during teenage years in an otherwise healthy individual which is progressive during adult life. Where does that put you 10 years from now? 30 years from now?
Never accept a recommendation of doing nothing when the condition could result in you or your child “needing” a highly invasive scoliosis spinal fusion surgery.
All severe scoliosis curves have one thing in common: they started out as mild curves and progressively got worse.
Benefits Of Mild Scoliosis Treatment
-Easy to overcome when the curve is small.
-Cosmetic deformity is a much greater concern at this stage.
-Early diagnosis, better outcomes
-Quick curve reductions
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