Scoliosis: A deformity of the spine into a S or C shape.  If non-structural Scoliosis (mobile- ie: a condition caused outside of the spine), and disappears when that is corrected.  For example one leg being longer than the other, then the Scoliosis will correct when you sit down.  This may be instantly rectified by bespoke orthotic insoles or a heel raise to correct the limb length.

If structural, then surgery may be required and a discussion with your GP would be necessary. In some cases even surgery is not able to fully treat the condition and so managing the effects on the rest of the body is essential.

scoliosis diagram


> Lower back pain

> Limb length difference

> Shoulders tilting

> Curvature of the spine

Treatments options:

> Heel raise or orthotics insoles to realign posture

> Manage effects of scoliosis on gait

> Stretching and/strengthening exercises (depending on type of scoliosis)

> Surgery

Medication in discussion with your GP:

Painkilling medication is usually recommended to help relieve the pain.

Over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, are often recommended initially. Your GP may prescribe stronger painkillers or refer you to a specialist pain management clinic.

In some cases, corticosteroids or local anaesthetic may be injected into your back to relieve pain caused by the bones in your spine compressing or irritating nearby nerves. However, these injections only work in the short-term and are mostly useful in helping work out where your pain is coming from.

If it’s thought that osteoporosis of your spine is contributing to your symptoms, you may be given medication and supplements to strengthen your bones.

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