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.
Recognizable by its sideways curvature, scoliosis arcs and twists the spine’s vertical column into an “s” or “c” shape. Mild cases of scoliosis may be hardly noticeable, while the most severe cases may require corrective surgery.
The good news: even without surgery, there are many home-based treatment options to help you thrive with scoliosis.
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.
The difference between chronic and acute back pain? Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Back pain is considered chronic if it lasts for more than three months. Whichever form yours takes, how do you know when to take action to treat your back pain?
Here’s what to say and how to describe your back pain when you go for a doctor’s visit.