Long Term Management of Scoliosis

Dr. Maziar Badii, MD, FRCP, Rheumatologist, discusses long-term management of scoliosis.

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Dr. Maziar Badii, MD, FRCP, Rheumatologist, discusses long-term management of scoliosis.
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Featuring Dr. Maziar Badii, MD, FRCP
Long Term Management of Scoliosis
Duration: 2 minutes, 25 seconds

The medical management of scoliosis is something that happens over time.

What – the question that needs to be answered is, is scoliosis progressing, or is it stable? And to know if it’s progressing, the patient needs to be examined yearly over several years, and if there is signs of progression, then decide on how to manage or treat it.

Now there’s a spectrum of treatment for scoliosis. In the vast majority of cases, it’s simply in the form of observation, reassurance, making sure that it’s not getting worse.

Now if there are symptoms, and the symptoms can be something as simple as pain at the end of the day, or muscle fatigue, some difficulty with appearance or with performing certain tasks, getting assistance from a physiotherapist who is experienced in treating patients with scoliosis, both for pain relief and for proper postural and strengthening exercises can be quite helpful.

Occupational therapists can help with devices or home visits, or work visits to make it easier to function in spite of a scoliosis. Chiropractors can help with adjustments, both for pain relief and for potential improvement of posture.

Beyond these complementary treatments, then a doctor may decide that this is a progressive curve, would need to get assistance from an orthopedic surgeon, and the orthopedic surgeon will then, can decide on casting or bracing, and in rare cases, surgery.

There are many solutions potentially available for treating scoliosis, depending on the severity of the symptoms, and on severity of the curve and whether the curve is progressing. Bracing, for example, can slow down or stop progression of a curve in your adolescent child. It’s always a good idea to see your healthcare provider, to ask questions, and to find out what options you have available for treating your scoliosis.

You might visit a rheumatologist for information on what is, conditions, side effects, symptoms and treatments related to the management of scoliosis, joint pain, and other spinal conditions.

Presenter: Dr. Maziar Badii, Rheumatologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Rheumatologist

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