In its most general sense, the word 'scoliosis
' can be used to describe any sideways spinal curve with a Cobb angle
of 10 degrees or more. But there are many different types of scoliosis, and the type you have depends on a number of different factors, one of which is the direction of the curve. For example, a curve to the right is properly known as dextroscoliosis
, while a curve to the left is referred to as levoscoliosis
Another key defining attribute is the location of the curve - that is, the part of the spine that's affected by scoliosis. The most common location for scoliosis is the thoracic spine (the upper/middle part of your backbone, coloured red in the illustration below). A curve in this region of the spine is known as thoracic scoliosis.
About Thoracic Scoliosis
As mentioned above, the thoracic spine is the most common location for a scoliotic curve. Thoracic scoliosis more commonly presents itself as a curve to the right (dextroscoliosis), and as with all types of scoliosis, it is more common in female patients than in male patients.
X-ray of a patient with thoracic dextroscoliosis (a curve to the right in the thoracic region of the spine).
Thoracic Scoliosis Symptoms
Because thoracic scoliosis affects the region of the spine that is connected to the ribcage, patients who suffer from this form of the condition often find that their ribcage becomes deformed/distorted as well as their spine. Indeed, an asymmetrical ribcage is often among the first signs that someone is affected by thoracic scoliosis. Uneven shoulder height is another frequently-seen symptom.
Curves in Other Regions of the Spine
Of course, the thoracic spine isn't the only area that can develop a scoliotic curve. The lower (lumbar) region of the spine can also be affected by this condition - a curve in the lower part of the spine is called lumbar scoliosis.
It is even possible to develop a curve that covers both the lumbar and thoracic spine. If your curve affects vertebrae from both portions of the spine, you may be said to have thoracolumbar scoliosis.
No matter which part of your spine is affected by scoliosis, the team here at Scoliosis SOS may be able to help you overcome the symptoms of your condition.
Treatment Case Study: 57-year-old Georgie
Georgie came to us after trying multiple different types of scoliosis treatments. From physiotherapy to faith healing and chiropractors, nothing had helped improve her condition. Her experience at Scoliosis SOS was completely unlike any other treatment she had tried.
To watch our full interview with Georgie, click here:
If you would like to learn more about our non-surgical treatment methods and book an initial consultation at our clinic in London, please contact us today - we can also carry out consultations via Skype or over the phone if you live elsewhere.