Topographical Methods

Posted on October 17, 2016 By

Though also X-ray images are necessary in the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis, but also other technical possibilities for the measurement of the spine at the disposal. More and more about the meaning and purpose of X-ray diagnosis in scoliosis therapy is discussed in the literature. Of course, also x-rays are necessary in the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis at specific times, sure to capture the situation. There are however also other technical possibilities available to measure the spine. This is useful in order to pollute the patients as little as possible with x-rays.

What is scoliosis? What distinguishes an idiopathic scoliosis? A lateral deviation of the spine from the longitudinal axis is called scoliosis. Furthermore the spinal twist in addition to the longitudinal axis. The disease is accompanied by deformation of the vertebral body. It speaks of idiopathic scoliosis, if one does not know the cause of scoliosis. Alternative diagnostic procedures without X-ray? Various topographic methods, which convert the anatomical surface structure (morphology) in many different parameters, used for the diagnosis of scoliosis. The resulting parameters allow conclusions on the degree of misalignment of the spine. Using the data obtained, for example, the so-called kyphosis angle when the clinical picture can be derived Morbus Scheuermann.

According to Cobb, one can derive the scoliosis angle in this way. It was named after Dr. John Robert Cobb, a U.S. surgeons and orthopedists. Cobb was head of a Scoliosis Clinic in New York in the 30-ies of the last century. These topographic techniques allow trained personnel to identify also leg shortening, the degree of a wrong level of the pool or a pool supply Wringung and graphically. The deviation of the results of the x-ray values calculated in this way istminimal. Experienced doctors, physiotherapists and orthopaedic technicians so nearly the same Cobb’s angle this process to determine how it is possible through an X-ray.

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