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Information And Treatment

Most often incurred during adolescence, scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine – the backbone of the body. Scoliosis most commonly affects girls and can result in low-back pain, backache and uneven hips or shoulders. The condition can be diagnosed through a physical exam or x-rays.

Treatment of scoliosis depends on the severity of the curve, the cause of the curve, the location of the curve and whether the individual is still growing. While many forms of scoliosis require little or no treatment, more extreme cases may require a back brace or surgery to correct any spinal misalignments that are present.

While alternative and complementary therapies may not have the ability to reverse the effects of scoliosis, treatments such as massage therapy can benefit those with scoliosis-related back pain by relieving discomfort. One study of adults with degenerative scoliosis published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that long-term acupuncture could play an important role in pain control but not in reversing or slowing spinal curvature.