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I have dextroscoliosis...Thoracic spine I have discover this last week in my xray..but..last year I have no dextroscoliosis ... im so afraid..but I did not experience pain in my back...I only 19 going 20 this june..what treatment could you suggest could I do?
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replied April 17th, 2011
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kc_05,

Treatment depends upon several things. Are you a male or female? Your age (20 years old). How large is the curve?

Dextroscoliosis just means that the curve is to the right. (Dexter - right; Sinister - left).

In general, a curve up to 10 degrees is called spinal asymmetry, is just noted in your medical records, and then usually ignored. The chance of it progressing is essentially zero. Very small curves can even be a result of posture.

A curve from 10 to 30 degrees is watched. In young adolescents, ones who are immature skeletally, have to be watched closely, because if the curve progresses rapidly or goes over 30 degrees, then treatment is started (bracing, surgery as needed). If the patient is skeletally mature (two years after a woman's periods have started or about 20 in a young man) this size curve would be watched. If it doesn't progress, no treatment if conducted. Bracing at this point would be useless and the curve is not severe enough to warrant surgery.

If the curve is over 30 degrees and the patient is very young, bracing is started immediately, surgery is usually needed in the future. If the patient is skeletally mature, the treatment is tailored to the patient (his/her symptoms).

So, if there was no curve a year ago, and you are essentially skeletally mature, no treatment is probably the option at present (since the curve is most likely under 20 degrees). If however, you went from 0 to over 20 or 30 degrees in one year, then you would have a significant problem. This would be an extremely rare occurrence.

You should discuss this with your physician. When your x-ray results were given to you, the physician should have explained them. If not, then the next time you see him/her have the results explained. The results of a test need to be taken in context of the patient's history and examination.

Good luck.
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replied May 17th, 2014
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I am 26. I have dextroscoliosis also. It was discovered 2 months ago in my xray. I do not have it years ago. what treatment could you suggest could I do?
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