However, do not fret. Scoliosis is pretty hard to miss if you know what to look for. For example, in newborns it is pretty difficult to diagnose because a vast majority of their bones still have to develop and line up properly. When the child reaches their second or third year and you notice something amiss, you should schedule your baby for a visit to your attending physician. In older children, teenagers and adults, the diagnosis of scoliosis goes much smoother. All that it takes is one consult and an X-ray for your physician to say for sure that your backbone problem is scoliosis. After the diagnosis has been properly set, the scoliosis treatment can begin.
Just like with any other type of treatment, the scoliosis treatment depends on many factors. Also, due to the fact that it implies permanent changes on the body structure, scoliosis treatment has sparked heated debates all over the international medical world. Some fear that the more radical approach to scoliosis treatment will damage the body, rather than help it heal properly. Others claim that the problem is simply unsolvable, thus the scoliosis treatment is useless. No one has decided to accept the others’ opinions so far, therefore the problem remains open for discussion. However, here are the three basic scoliosis treatment schemes out there, used by all the specialists:
- Observation: this is the passive course of scoliosis treatment. In this case, if the curvature of the backbone is somewhere between 20 and 30 degrees, the patient is simply observed by a specialist for about six months. The physician tries to estimate if there exists some spine damage danger. Also, this observation is applied only for those patients that have still not reached skeletal maturity, which means young children and some underdeveloped teenagers.
- Bracing: in some adults, but mostly in children, this sort of scoliosis treatment is the most recommended. Why? Well, the answer is a rather simple one: this type of modern corset will help control the worsening of the spine curvature. The downside to that is that it will most certainly not fix the existing problem. It usually works best in children that are still growing. Thus, they remain with the damage done before the bracing and do not develop anything more. However, these braces are very uncomfortable and most children do not like them.
- Surgery: in the case of more severe curving of the backbone (more than 40 degrees), surgery is the best option for scoliosis treatment. Depending on the position of the curvature and the degree of the damage, the surgeon will determine the best course of action on site. He or she either places some metal bars to help the vertebrae to grow properly or they will rearrange the vertebrae themselves.
Scoliosis treatment alternatives
There are many alternatives to scoliosis treatment out there, but none that have been truly proved to be useful. However, if you wish to know about them, here they are: electrical stimulation (it is postulated that if you properly stimulate the muscles of the back, they can act as anatomical braces), chiropractic manipulation (this one is said to be very painful), physical therapy (recommended as the only course of scoliosis treatment in some cases, when the curvature is not all that accentuated) and other forms of treatment. However, none of these types of treatment have shown a decrease in the curvature, thus the jury is still out on their actual use.