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Thoracic Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways tilt of one's spine. And thoracic means pertaining to the thoracic vertebrae of the spine, which lie in the upper back below the neck. In an individual affected by thoracic scoliosis, there will be an appreciable difference in the shoulder heights, level of shoulder blades, and shape of the rib cage.

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My report says that I have mild scoliosis. Can it be treated?

Query: Hi doctor,A radiologist report said I had mild scoliosis in the thoracic area. I have attached the image for your reference. I have had this tight neck and shoulder issue for over 30 years. I also have disc degeneration and facet arthrosis. Is it caused by one particular vertebra or joint? Do you th...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I understand that the word "scoliosis" in the X-ray report has caused so much worry (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The "minimal scoliosis" mentioned in the report is better called spinal...  Read Full »

Will lung fibrosis and thoracic scoliosis shown in x-ray cause serious health issue?

Query: Hello doctor, I had taken a lung x-ray for my annual check-up. The result is: Mid lung fibrosis noted. Rest of the lung is clear. Thoracic scoliosis noted. Heart, costophrenic sulci, and other structures are intact. I am concerned about mid lung fibrosis and thoracic scoliosis. Will they seriously a...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please clarify whether it is mid or mild lung fibrosis reported. As you said, the chest x-ray reports mid or mild lung fibrosis, it is suggestive of some old infection or some autoimmune disease causing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Even you could not have reme...  Read Full »

What could cause chronic back pain with pain in the ribs and thoracic spine?

Query: Hello doctor, I need you to interpret an MRI scan. I have had back pain, and pain in the thoracic spine and ribs for the past few years. I doubt that they might have not taken the MRI of the correct location. Hence I need someone to check it. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I suggest you follow the instructions as mentioned: Can you share the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) film? Is there an MRI report also? If yes, please send it as I have to correlate both. Did you take an ...  Read Full »

Is thoracic, thoracolumbar, and lumbar fusion the same?

Query: Hello doctor, Can you please tell me what is the difference between thoracic, thoracolumbar and lumbar fusion? Or are they all the same?  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are 12 thoracic vertebrae and five lumbar vertebrae. The fusion of the body of the vertebrae between the thoracic spine is called a thoracic fusion. A fusion at the junction of the thoracic and lumbar spine is called a thoracolumbar fusion. And that between the l...  Read Full »

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