Treatment Options For Scoliosis
While we always believe that an ounce of prevention is better than compared to a ton of cure, we can’t say it is exactly true for a disease such as idiopathic scoliosis. You see this type of scoliosis has no definite cause. And while the cause may be known, further research is needed to prevent the occurrence of another type of scoliosis - congenital scoliosis. This emphasizes how important treatment is in scoliosis.
A disease characterized by abnormal curvature of the spine, scoliosis can be diagnosed through X-rays. Physicians would then determine the natural treatment method for scoliosis, depending on the age, sex and the general well-being of the patient. Usually a curve that is more severe than 30 degrees is classified as significant while those curved more than 50 degrees is classified as severe.
The use of serial corrective plaster casts in treatment of infantile scoliosis is practiced in some countries, and patients have shown great progress when given with this kind of treatment option. Research has also proven that regular exercises, medicine as well as medication can only assist in easing the discomfort, but do not exactly improve the curve. But there are cases in which patients claim to have greatly improved through nonsurgical methods like good diet, physical exercise, and even yoga. Most of these patients claim that the curve had been rectified through the aforementioned procedures.
Generally, most physicians would recommend the use of braces and undergoing of surgery to treat scoliosis. For mild cases of scoliosis, the best treatment option is observation. For kids and adolescents, bracing is considered the most recommended. On the other hand surgery is recommended for those with curves of over 40 degrees. Adults also need surgery if there is severe pain and discomfort brought about by the curve of the spine.