Scoliosis is a pathological condition of the spine with an abnormal lateral curvature of atleast 10 degrees on the X-ray. Lateral curvature of atleast 20 degrees or more is necessary for scoliosis to be evident. In most cases, the cause is unknown, and the condition tends to run in families.

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Will a back injury cause scoliosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I sustained a back injury three years ago. I was standing on the staircase of a bar when a large woman lost her balance, she grabbed and twisted my arm while placing her full body weight on my back. I have had recurrent muscle spasms all the way down to my back ever since, and I have t...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your MRI scans (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and find that there is no large disc bulge either in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. The scoliosis is there, but it is not causing any significant nerve compression or condition relating ...  Read Full »

Why are my legs getting thinner?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question regarding atrophy in my thigh. I have some herniated disks at L3/4, L4/5, and S1 and also spinal stenosis on those disks. The EMG only found problems on my left calf, but not on my thigh. Do you have any idea where this atrophy can result from? My left leg always has...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to know some details about your symptoms: 1. Since when your symptoms started? Please tell sequentially. 2. Symptoms started with back pain? Or you noticed thinning of the left leg first? 3. Do you have any weakness in the left leg? If yes, what activ...  Read Full »

I have mild scoliosis. How to treat the condition?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 30 year old male. I was diagnosed with minor scoliosis. I have attached my x-ray results. I would like to know how bad is that. I only get occasional pain after standing for too long or lifting heavy stuff. Can you tell how much the curvature is? Is this something I need to worr...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Evaluation of scoliosis involves both CT scan to look for bony anatomy and MRI to rule out cord compression. Please revert once the investigations have been done to get an appropriate management plan. Revert with the reports to an orthopaedician and traumatologist onl...  Read Full »

Apart from Schroth exercises, what can I do to prevent scoliosis from worsening?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 13 years old and I have scoliosis. I have a spine curve of 24 to 28 degrees. I used a brace at night and I was told to do Schroth. But I did not do them. Is it fine to use a brace alone? Does my curve is bad that needs Schroth? How to prevent it from getting worse? Do I need to sit up...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The progressive nature cannot be understood by a single value of Cobb's angle. A 24 to 28 bracing is recommended. Have a review every six months to one year by doing X-rays. It is needed to see the progress whether it is less than five degrees or the progress is worse. ...  Read Full »

What could be the chronic painless swelling in the neck?

Query: Hello doctor, I have random swelling in my neck for quite a long period. But it has improved with time. However, it is persisting. I am currently on medications for scoliosis. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hope you are not in much discomfort. The x-ray is reviewed (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are mild osteophytes in the superior anterior part of the C6 vertebral body, and it is a mild degenerative change and not a serious concern. The x-ray...  Read Full »

How to manage scoliosis?

Query: Hi doctor, My brother is 18 years old, and he has scoliosis. I want to take medical advice on the same.  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing in and I understand your concern. As we can see, scoliosis. It is a condition where the spinal cord shifts sidewards from the middle, so orthopedic and surgical intervention are required in such cases. Other things depend on the symptoms of scolio...  Read Full »

I feel tired while sitting straight with sciatica. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I never in my life able to sit straight, like I see people sitting straight for hours, and I get extremely tired in 5-10 minutes maximum while sitting straight. At random times, I just get a sharp pain in my lumbar area and I am unable to move for a few minutes. I randomly have proble...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to What you describe suggests that you have a weak core and even though this is correctable, you will need to confirm this and rule out other causes like scoliosis, lumbopelvic syndrome, etc. Firstly, you will need to get an x-ray of the spine dorsal 10 to S2 such...  Read Full »

What are the ways to manage back pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My brother has back pain. Lower back. He carried a heavy stuff and accidentally put his pressure at his back. Maybe it is a sprain or what.  Read Full »

Dr. Santosh-kumar Bashyal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Looking into the problem of your brother, I would like to discuss here and flashes the light on. There would be many things can happen, not only just sprain. 1. Muscle or ligament strain- Repeated heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement can strain back muscles an...  Read Full »

What are the chances of developing scoliosis in adulthood?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 16 years old. I just recently discovered that I have scoliosis. I do not know much about it but I will tell you what I know. My scoliosis currently has only a 3-degree curve and I am pretty confident it is a C shaped curve, although I am not sure. What do you think are the chances t...  Read Full »

Dr. Santosh-kumar Bashyal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Before going into the progress of scoliosis, I would like to make you some clarity about the facts on it. 1) The Cobb angle is a measure of the curvature of the spine in degrees. This helps to determine what type of treatment is necessary. A Cobb angle of 10 degre...  Read Full »

Will my scoliosis get better with surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I have scoliosis from my 15 years of age. Now, I am 36 years old. I am a very active teacher and mom. The pain medicines are not helping me now and I have started to limp and lean. Can it get corrected through surgery?  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is important to do an MRI of your spine to know where the nerves are getting pinched. Please consult a neurologist for physical evaluation after doing an MRI scan and they will be able to guide you with your pain. Surgery is not required in every patient and you might ...  Read Full »

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