What is dextroconvex scoliosis

Not Medical Advice: Dextroconvex Scoliosis is a type of scoliosis which is characterized by an “S” shaped curve in the spine rather than the more common “C” shape. Dextroconvex scoliosis is the type most frequently associated with severity, pain and debilitating characteristics.

The treatments for scoliosis are not always straightforward. Some young people do not need treatment at all -- only careful observation. When treatment is necessary, several options, including braces and various surgical procedures, can help.

The general rule of thumb for treating scoliosis is to monitor the condition if the curve is less than 20 degrees. Curves greater than 25 degrees, or those that progress by 10 degrees while being monitored, may require treatment. Read more at The New York Times.

Scoliosis braces can be clunky, painful contraptions that often look like medieval torture devices. While they've modernized a bit with the times, there still aren't a lot of options for the millions of people afflicted with the condition that causes their spines to curve at a sideways angle. But, 3D Systems is trying to change that with 3D printing. Read more at CNET.

Updated on Monday, July 07 2014 at 04:07AM EDT
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