Pain Areas: Upper, lower.
Indication: Side-to-side curvature of the spine, usually first identified during a regular checkup with a pediatrician or a routine school screening. This can also develop as one ages as degenerative disc disease leads to asymmetric disc collapse.
Consultation: Typically starts with a review of your medical history and a physical exam to look for any asymmetry or abnormal spine rotation with physical tests such as bending at a 90-degree angle. Diagnosis is typically confirmed with an X-ray, a full scoliosis series imaging the entire spine.
Treatment: Observation through regular doctor’s visits. For more severe cases, bracing or surgery is considered.