Who can correctly diagnose scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a complex condition that can be caused by anything from a degenerative spine condition later in life to an unknown abnormality during adolescence. Because of the complexity of the condition, you should always seek medical advice and diagnosis from a board-certified physician. A board-certified physician can help you determine whether or not you or your child has scoliosis and the best method of treatment to help alleviate the pain and symptoms of the condition.

There are two types of physicians from which you can seek help for scoliosis: primary care physicians and spine care specialists. Both of these types of physicians are able to order to proper imaging tests (MRI or CT scan) to determine whether or not you have scoliosis and the possible cause of your pain and symptoms. Additionally, these two physicians can help you find the best treatment option to fit your condition and your lifestyle.

Primary care physician

A primary care physician (PCP) who specializes in internal medicine or family medicine should be able to accurately diagnose scoliosis or the root cause of your symptoms and pain. Scoliosis is characteristically classified as a horizontal curve of the spine. For example, if you view someone’s spine from the back, and the person does not have scoliosis, you should be able to see a generally straight spine from the base of the head to the tailbone. However, if you view a person’s spine from behind, and the person has scoliosis, you will be able to see a curve from left to right that may cause one shoulder or one hip to be higher than the other.

A primary care physician will be able to diagnose this condition by viewing your MRI report or CT scan to have a closer look at the curvature of the spine. In some cases, your primary care physician may recommend that you consult a spine care specialist to determine the cause of your back pain and possible scoliosis diagnosis.

Spine care specialist

A spine care specialist has studied the intricacies of the spine and is familiar with the different degenerative spine conditions or abnormalities, such as scoliosis. You will be able to get an accurate scoliosis diagnosis from an experienced spine care specialist. Your spine care specialist will also be able to help you find the best treatment solution for your needs. These treatment options can be conservative, nonsurgical treatments or surgical treatments, depending on the type and severity of spine condition with which you have been diagnosed.

Laser Spine Institute treatment options for adult scoliosis

Laser Spine Institute offers certain patients with degenerative (adult-onset) scoliosis an effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery. Our minimally invasive procedures can address both spinal curvature in the lumbar (lower back) spine and spinal nerve compression. These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, involve small incisions and require no muscle disruption. This means our patients can recover faster* than patients who choose to undergo highly invasive, open spine surgery.

To learn more about the effectiveness and benefits of our minimally invasive surgery, please contact our Care Team at Laser Spine Institute. We are here to help guide you on your journey to wellness.