Scoliosis | Comprehensive Pain Management Center


Scoliosis is a disorder where the spine has an irregular curve. This may occur at any age, be the result of a different condition, and seems to arise mainly in women.

Scoliosis is divided into three different categories:

  1. Idiopathic
  2. Congenital
  3. Resulting from a different illness, that identify the cause

Scoliosis is considered idiopathic when no underlying causes can be identified. Scoliosis of a congenital nature refers to the condition being present from birth.

Scoliosis may also be caused by a different condition such as:

  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Physical trauma
  • Stickler syndrome
  • Marfan syndrome


The measurement of spinal curve, through the use of Cobb’s angle, is the main tool in diagnosing.

A curve of the spine that surpasses 10 degrees in any one plane, usually described as a “C” or “S” shape of the spine, is the main criteria.

Other identifiers include uneven hips, uneven leg lengths, uneven muscularity, balance problems, and a protruding rib or shoulder blade.

In severe cases, patients have described difficulty breathing, pain, and a reduced ability to function.

Treatment is determined by the age of the patient, severity of curve, and the location of the curve.


  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Braces
  • Surgery: for severe cases (curvature of 45 degrees or greater)

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