Topics: Vertebral column, Physician, Medical diagnosis Pages: 4 (860 words) Published: October 25, 2011
Connie Beatty
English Comp l


Today we will be exploring a few of the various aspects of the disorder known as Scoliosis. First on the agenda is to define Scoliosis from two different sources to come to a better understanding of just what it is. Next, is to give a description of this disorder and its varying degrees of severity. Then we will give an account of most of the known symptoms this disorder has proven to produce. Next, we will use the known symptoms in order to better understand what to look for and how to recognize and diagnose the disorder. Finally, we will give a list of treatment options and a general idea of a prognosis and long-term care.


“Scoliosis is a side-to-side (lateral) curvature of the spine in the shape of an S or a C of 10 degrees or greater.” (Fallon)


Scoliosis consists of the thoracic spine. Depending on the severity of the scoliosis it can cause breathing problems and also problems with the heart. It is mostly seen in females. For many years schools test for scoliosis. It also can be seen at birth as scoliosis is hereditary. There are three levels of scoliosis: mild, moderate, severe. 1. Mild:” less than 20 degrees.” (American Accreditation HealthCare Commission) 2. Moderate: “between 25 and 70 degrees” (ADAM)

3. Severe: “over 70 degrees” (ADAM)


At first, the symptoms are painless and not always easy to recognize. Someone with scoliosis may:

* Have uneven shoulders, hips or waist.
* Have a hump on one side of the back.
* Have one or both or shoulder blades sticking out.
* Lean slightly to one side.
* Have back pain. (Brayden/Rouzier)

During physical examination with a physician, he or she will run several tests to check for scoliosis. The first painless exam is the Adam’s forward bending test, the patient bends over as to touch the toes. The physician then runs his fingers along the spine to check for any...
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