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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is a scoliosis always apparent to other people?

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  • Dr David Salisbury is an osteopath situated in Bairnsdale, in East Gippsland, Victoria. He completed his osteopathic studies at RMIT University, and now works at … View Profile

    No, definitely not. It depends on how large the curvature is. A qualified practitioner will be able to identify most curves when examining the spine with some clothing removed. But in everyday life with clothing on, it takes a reasonably large curve to be visible to the average person. So most forms of scoliosis won't be apparent to other people. This also depends on the type of curve. ‘S’-shaped curves are usually more ‘balanced’ and therefore may be less obvious compared to a ‘C’-shaped curve.

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    Ryan Hislop is the Clinical Director at the Mudgee Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. As an experienced and evidence-based diagnostician, Ryan works largely by medical … View Profile

    In daily practice, we find that unless the curvature is beyond around 25 degrees you will rarely have anyone notice it unless a health professional assesses you. Even if curves are greater than this angle, unless wearing tight cloathing or swimwear it is rare that anyone else would notice it.

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