Do I Have Scoliosis?

September 15, 2022

AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah Scoliosis

Scoliosis can be an uncomfortable and painful condition that affects the entire body. If you have scoliosis, it means that your spine is more curved than it should be. The vertebrae that support your back are typically interlocked in a straight line, but if you have scoliosis, your spine is “S” or “C” shaped.

The majority of scoliosis cases don’t have a known cause, so the best course of treatment is usually symptom management, especially if you are already a full grown adult. Our X-ray services at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah can help get some images of your spine and take steps toward less pain!

Is My Back Pain Associated With Scoliosis?

In addition to other skeletal symptoms, you may experience significant back pain around the area of your curvature. This is due to the curve itself or nerve compression along your spine. You may also have consistent muscle fatigue on one side of your back because it is overcompensating to maintain your posture.

In most cases, your skeletal structure will also be affected, as your spine supports the rest of your body. If you think you have scoliosis, check yourself for other common symptoms.

Symptoms of Scoliosis

  • Difference in shoulder height
  • Asymmetry in ribs
  • Discrepancy in hip/shoulder blade height
  • Muscle bulge on one side of the back when bending over

How Is Scoliosis Diagnosed?

The first step is usually getting X-ray images of your spine to get a better look at what is going on inside. You may also be given an MRI or a CT scan to get a more detailed look. Most cases aren’t actually treated right away. For actively growing children, a “wait and watch” approach will be used to see if the curve resolves on its own.

If your case is severe enough, some different treatment options may be offered. For those with a 20-degree curvature, a brace may be used to apply pressure against your spine. A 50-degree or more curvature may indicate a need for surgery, but that is only reserved for the most severe cases.

Managing Scoliosis Symptoms

  • Consistent exercise to strengthen your back muscles
  • Anti-inflammatories to manage pain
  • Yoga and stretching to help alleviate pressure points on your back

Wondering whether your child has scoliosis? Come see us for an X-ray at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah!

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