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Scoliosis

Scoliosis Treatment

Scoliosis is a condition which causes a curvature or the spine or of the backbone. The spine has a normal curve when you see it from the side, however, it should be straight when looked at from the front of the body. Kyphosis is when the spine is curved and able to be seen from the side and it is bent forward. It is normal to have a kyphosis in the mid area of the spin or the thoracic region. Lordosis is when the spine is bent backward. This can also be normal. However, those who have scoliosis have an additional curvature to the side of the body and thus the spine makes an “S” or a “C” shape when viewed.

It is twice as common in girls as boys. It may appear at any ages, however, it typically will present itself at around age 10. It is hereditary in most cases and if one parent has the condition, their child is much more likely to have it. However, there is no data for correlation between how severe it is from one generation to the next.

About two percent of the female population are affected by the condition and about 0.5 percent of the male population are affected by scoliosis. In most of the cases, the cause is unknown or idiopathic. Idiopathic scoliosis is based on the age when it presents itself.

Over 80 percent of those who suffer from scoliosis have idiopathic scoliosis and the majority of that 80 percent are adolescent girls. The usual location is in the thoracic spine region.

What Causes Other Types Of Scoliosis?

There are also other potential causes of the condition. These include spinal tumors like osteoid Osteoma. This is a benign tumor and it often occurs in the spine and causes a lot of pain. The pain makes the person lean the other direction to help alleviate the pressure on the tumor. In turn, this may lead to a deformity in the spine.

1. Idiopathic:

In most cases the causes of idiopathic scoliosis is unknown and is based on when it presents itself. There are three basic types of idiopathic scoliosis: infantile (0-3 years), juvenile (4-10 years), and adolescent (10-18 years).

2. Neuromuscular:

Neuromuscular scoliosis is an imbalance of the nerves and muscles of the spine.  Either they have failed to form properly or completely, or during the fetal development, they didn’t form correctly. This is frequently seen in other birth defects such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or even in Marfan Syndrome which is an inherited connective tissue condition. Those who suffer from this form of scoliosis often have a long C-shape curve that is present from the time they are born. They usually have weaker muscles and the condition is considered congenital. It’s frequently more severe than other forms and it requires more aggressive treatment.

3. Degenerative:

In this form, it happens in older adults not in young children or in teens. It’s caused by changes due to arthritis called spondylosis. This is when the normal ligaments and soft tissues of the spine and bone spurs lead to a curve in the spine. It may also go along with osteoporosis, as well as vertebrae compression fractures as well as disc degeneration.

There are also other potential causes of the condition. These include spinal tumors like osteoid Osteoma. This is a benign tumor and it often occurs in the spine and causes a lot of pain. The pain makes the person lean the other direction to help alleviate the pressure on the tumor. In turn, this may lead to a deformity in the spine.

Symptoms Of Scoliosis

What Are The Symptoms Of Scoliosis?

When considering risk factors, the symptoms start between 9 and 15 years of age with females and are considered the highest risk. The younger the person is the worse the condition can be. If there is a family member that has the condition, the person is at a much higher risk for the condition.

Abnormal curvature of the spine is the most noticeable symptom. This is often the first change that family and friends notice. It happens slowly over the course of time so it may appear to creep up on a person. That is why more children are being routinely screened for the condition. Clothing will begin to fit oddly or unevenly and pants legs may appear to be longer on one side of the body than the other.

The head may appear to be off center of the rest of the body and it may lean slightly to one side. A hip or shoulder may be higher on one side than the other. The ribs may have more of a curve on one side and this is due to the twist of the vertebrae. In more severe cases, it may tax the heart and the lungs and cause issues there. Shortness of breath and chest pain are sometimes signs of scoliosis.

In most of the cases, it’s not overly painful however, there are some forms that can cause pain in the ribs, back, neck and abdomen. It can also create muscle spasms and other forms of pain. There are also other non-specific pain that a doctor will want to evaluate in order to rule out other medical conditions.

At Superior Healthcare, Physical medicine professionals have been able to successfully treat patients in pain management and relieving the curve with special Spinecor bracing. Spinecor is a soft bendable brace that realigns the spine.

If you, or someone you know, may have symptoms that appear like scoliosis, please contact us today to schedule a free consultation and evaluation to determine if you may be dealing with scoliosis and the best possible treatment plan to make things right again.

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