What Scoliosis Measurements Mean
A scoliosis is a curve over 10 degrees “Cobb angle” with visible rotation of the vertebrae. If no rotation is seen on the X-ray, the curve is not a true scoliosis and may be postural or positional.
In part, scoliosis treatment options, and the prognosis of future worsening of the curve, relate back to the size of the curve as measured on an X-ray. For example, in children when curves are small, ie. less than 20 degrees, scoliosis specific exercises or part-time bracing may be treatment options. If a curve is larger and measures more than 35 degrees, scoliosis exercises alone are not recommended and full-time scoliosis bracing is nearly always advised as the primary treatment. In severe cases where curves are greater than 60 degrees, surgery may be the best approach to treatment.
ScoliCare’s approach to scoliosis treatment is to ensure each curve is accurately assessed from the outset and that we provide appropriate non-surgical treatment options tailored to each patient or recommend surgery if necessary.