Even in its mildest form, scoliosis can have an immense impact on a person's life; at its most severe, it can practically prevent people from living their lives at all.
The definition of what exactly constitutes severe scoliosis
tends to vary depending on who you're asking. Some specialists define as 'severe' any case where the Cobb angle
is greater than 55 degrees (in fully-grown patients; the threshold for adolescents and children is lower). This is roughly the line beyond which surgery tends to be recommended as a suitable course of treatment.
However, while the Cobb angle is a useful tool for measuring the progress of scoliosis, that number is not necessarily the be-all and end-all when it comes to determining the true severity of a scoliosis sufferer's condition. Many people have walked through the doors of the Scoliosis SOS Clinic with curves a long way short of that 55-degree threshold that nevertheless makes life miserable for the patients themselves. Symptoms such as chronic pain, limited mobility, and reduced self-esteem are not exclusive to those with a Cobb angle of 55+ degrees, and patients who are over that line don't necessarily suffer any more than those who aren't. Every patient is unique, and the treatment provided ought to reflect that fact.
Help for those with severe scoliosis
The effects of severe scoliosis are multifaceted and can be dealt with in a number of different ways. Doctors may prescribe medication to help with chronic pain, whereas the psychological impact of scoliosis (e.g. negative body image, low self-esteem) can sometimes be helped by counselling.
As mentioned, surgery is often recommended as a means of correcting more pronounced spinal curvatures, but this is not always necessary, even in severe cases. Here at Scoliosis SOS, we routinely treat patients with Cobb angle measurements of 60 degrees or more - in fact, our ScolioGold
treatment courses have helped people exhibiting curves of up to 120 degrees
Here's what our treatment programmes can achieve for people with severe scoliosis:
Our exercise-based courses can also significantly improve the flexibility and mobility of scoliosis sufferers, helping them to enjoy a better quality of life all around.
Severe scoliosis - before and after:
A patient with severe scoliosis, before (left) and after (right) ScolioGold treatment.
Take a look at our video here where we helped treat a patient suffering from severe scoliosis and a 55-degree Cobb angle:
You can find more information about our treatment courses to help with your severe scoliosis or contact us to arrange an initial consultation (this can be conducted via Skype or over the phone if you are unable to visit our clinic in person) below!