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5 Things to Know if You Think You Have Scoliosis

Scoliosis, a condition that causes the spine to curve, is often thought of as something that only happens in children. But the diagnosis isn’t just for kids: scoliosis can also happen in adults, who may live with it for years without developing symptoms. Others keep it at bay with regular exercise and healthy living. For some, the condition can generate severe pain and disability, eventually requiring surgery, but for most, scoliosis is treatable without surgery.

Here are a few things to know if you’ve been diagnosed with or think you might have adult scoliosis.

Seeing a Spine Doctor? How to Prepare and What Questions to Ask

Your initial appointment to see a spine doctor can feel a bit daunting at first. If you’ve never been treated for back and spine issues, you might be unsure of what to expect. On top of the back pain you’re likely experiencing, there are the additional considerations of paperwork, questionnaires and overall uncertainty about your diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.

Fortunately, a bit of advance preparation can help. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your first appointment with a spine doctor.