CLEAR has achieved reductions even in Cobb angles over 100 degrees. However, reversing the course of any disease in its advanced stages is always more difficult, and scoliosis is no exception. Timelines for treatment vary from case to case and can only be determined after a compete evaluation of each case.
The severity of scoliosis is understood by measuring the amount
of abnormal curve in the spine. The technique used to capture this measurement is referred to as the Cobb Angle Measurement. This measurement is achieved when lines are drawn across particular areas of the X ray to evaluate the curves in the spine. On the scoliosis X ray, the first and last vertebrae involved in the curve are identified. A line is drawn across the top (superior) plate of the first vertebra involved in the curve and a second line is drawn across the bottom (inferior) plate of the last vertebra in the curve. The angle between the two lines is measured, and it is this reading that is referred to as the Cobb Angle Measurement.
For a long time, doctors told patients that their scoliosis would not progress after the age of 18. Unfortunately, further research has proven otherwise. Whether scoliosis develops earlier in life or in adulthood, it will most likely progress. As the curve worsens, the physical deformation, pain, and stress to the lungs and heart will also progress.
At Atlanta Scoliosis Center, we find that the sooner a scoliosis can begin correction, the better the results will be. It is never too late to start—and it is never too early. Medical standards of care dictate “observation only” until a curve reaches 20-25 degrees. At 25 degrees, some form of bracing is typically recommended. If you have reached or are nearing a 40 – 50-degree curve, it is likely that surgery has been discussed with you and/or recommended.
Scoliosis is not always associated with pain, although it commonly may be. Even in patients without pain, heart and lung function is often compromised. According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, scoliosis is even associated with reduced life expectancy. On average, people with scoliosis suffer a 14-year reduction in their life expectancy, due to strain on the heart and reduced amount of oxygen supplied to the body. Scoliosis is also associated with headaches, shortness of breath, digestive problems, chronic disease, and hip, knee, and leg pain.
To discuss beginning a non-invasive scoliosis treatment program, please contact today, 678-403-2121