coliosis refers to an abnormal, sideways curvature in your spine (backbone). Everyone has a natural, slight curvature to their spine, but, with Scoliosis, the curve is much more significant and can hinder movement, cause pain, and affect what otherwise would be natural, everyday activities. Most Scoliosis cases begin to occur as an adolescent, typically during a growth spurt, as this is when your backbone will undergo the most stress and change in growth. Scoliosis typically causes the spine to form sideways in the shape of an “S” or a “C”, and can cause severe disability.
What causes Scoliosis?
hile most Scoliosis cases are idiopathic or, in other words, developed spontaneously, many cases are congenital, which means the Scoliosis is present at birth. A fraction of cases also develop due to a number of muscular diseases that directly cause the spine to grow abnormally. Although most believe genetics to be a cause of adolescent idiopathic Scoliosis, there is no scientific evidence to back that theory, and many tend to fall back on natural growth spurt malfunctions. With congenital Scoliosis, the fetus simply fails to take correct form and is born with the disease.
What are the symptoms of Scoliosis?
ymptoms for Scoliosis are very limited. Typically, there are none. However, Scoliosis can cause an obvious and significant sideways curve in the spine, which, in turn, causes pain in the lower back and restricted movement. This can also cause uneven hip and shoulder alignment.
How is Scoliosis diagnosed?
atients usually undergo a physical exam from their physician in order to diagnose Scoliosis. Typically, the patient is asked to remove his or her shirt and bend over, allowing the physician to better see the spine, as bending over tightens the back and causes the spine to protrude. If recommended, an X-ray will be performed to see the spines total irregular shape and alignment.
How is Scoliosis treated?
reatment depends on the severity of the Scoliosis. Some cases do not need treatment at all, while others may call for back braces and physical therapy. In severe cases of Scoliosis, surgery may be recommended to straighten out the backbone as much as possible, but is usually only recommended after the patient has passed his growth spurt. In any case, Scoliosis is a significant disease, and seeing a physician is highly recommended.
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