How important is the Scoliosis Exam and Assessment?
Well… most of our patients seek a more natural approach to scoliosis treatment. That said, for a more natural approach to be effective, it must be designed specifically for your needs.
We use a combination of approaches to not only stop progression but in many cases reduce the curve itself.
Clinical Scoliosis Exam
This is where we will assess the contours of the spine using a Scolio-meter, which is a device to determine the inclination at certain segments of the spine.
During this exam, we will assess the shifts, rotations, and contours of the patient’s posture using a visual inspection and a laser inspection. Certain types of scoliosis create certain postural deformities, which assist in the classification of scoliosis.
We will take 3 X-ray views during this exam. These three views combined allow us to get a very good idea of the classification of scoliosis. The back-to-front standing view allows us to measure the curves using the Cobb analysis. From the side view, we see if the normal curves are too flat, too curved, or normal. Finally, the laying view allows us to determine the flexibility of the curve. It helps in determining the prognosis for correction or stabilization.
Once all of these exams are completed, doctors enter all the data into what is called the Scoliosis Assistant Software, which helps us in the classification of scoliosis and the chances of reducing the curves. We explained the costs of the brace and the potential for insurance reimbursement at the initial consultation.