Thoracolumbar scoliosis is a curvature of the spine at the junction of the mid back (lower thoracic) and low back (upper lumbar). Thoracolumbar scoliosis can be caused by a variety of reasons but as with all types of scoliosis it is usually idiopathic, about 80 – 90% of the time. According to one recent study… Read More

“Scoliosis resolved” – those are not our words, but a direct quote from the report from a radiologist at a local hospital regarding one of our patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). We are thrilled with this incredible result and to read this radiology report for a very hard-working thirteen year old. She has achieved a result spinal surgeons consider… Read More

Cobb angle (some refer to it as Cobb’s angle) is an important aspect of scoliosis to understand. Cobb angle is the basis for scoliosis diagnosis, prognosis and standards of care for treatment. Understanding Cobb angle a little better may help you gain insight and help with the decision-making process for scoliosis treatment. There’s a paper… Read More

When do doctors recommend an MRI for scoliosis? Typically MRIs are diagnosed for patients diagnosed in the juvenile phase (<ten-years-old) or for adolescents experiencing atypical characteristics of idiopathic scoliosis. More specifically, an MRI for scoliosis may be recommended when a patient has numbness, weakness, pain, or an asymmetric loss of reflexes. An MRI can help… Read More

Patients often ask us about Scoliometer™ readings and how they relate to Cobb angle. Hopefully this post can clarify the degrees of scoliosis by explaining two different ways doctors measure scoliosis– by Scoliometer™ and Cobb angle (determined from a full spine x-ray). Since both are reported in degrees this can be a little confusing for parents who… Read More

We occasionally see patients that present with scoliosis and leg length discrepancy (LLD). In these cases, scoliosis can be either caused by or exacerbated by a leg length discrepancy. Leg length discrepancy can be either a true discrepancy or as a result of pelvic obliquity. How do you tell if you have a true leg… Read More

Idiopathic scoliosis can appear without warning. Detecting scoliosis can be tricky for parents because accompanying symptoms, like pain, are uncommon. This is just one reason moms and dads should be aware of the signs of scoliosis. In children and adolescents, detecting scoliosis as early as possible is best if you prefer taking proactive steps to halt… Read More

What is scoliosis progression? A progressive scoliosis is a spinal curvature that increases more than 5º in Cobb angle within 6 months as measured on the AP/PA view of a full spine x-ray. There is no foolproof way for physicians to determine whether scoliosis will get worse after a diagnosis, predict whose scoliosis will progress and… Read More

Scoliosis and x-rays go hand and hand but parents, and even some kids, have concerns about the frequency needed to monitor scoliosis changes during growth. We understand these concerns and figured it is about time to address them. X-ray evaluation is a necessary part of monitoring scoliosis. X-rays allow physicians to measure Cobb angles, identify spinal… Read More

What Scoliosis 3DC Patients Are Saying

Brace Was a Success

“M’s first day back to school with her brace was a success! She had it on 19 hours! She’s wearing it from bed time until she gets home from school which will be about 19 hours a day. M(sister) is wearing hers from 6pm until 7am to get in her 13 hours. So far so… Read More