Scoliosis

  • Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves sideways. Looking at the spine from the back, a normal person would have a straight spine. People suffering from scoliosis have an “S” shaped curvature in their spine when looking at it from the back.

     

    Types

    Degenerative Type

    This type of scoliosis is a result of traumatic bone collapse, thinning/weakening of the bones in the spine (osteoporosis), or from a prior major back surgery.

    Congenital Type

    Congenital Type Scoliosis is a condition that occurs due to irregularities of the spine at birth.

    Idiopathic Type

    This type is the most common, and the only known causes are all theories rather than strong facts. One major theory is that Idiopathic Scoliosis is an inherited trait created by a genetic mutation somewhere in the bloodline.

    Neuromuscular Type
    Neuromuscular Scoliosis is primarily seen in individuals who already suffer from conditions such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida. This type of scoliosis is a result of the irregularity of nerves or muscles.

Who Can it Affect?

Scoliosis affects 3% of all Americans by the age of 16, and the condition affects girls more than boys. Idiopathic Scoliosis primarily affects the adolescent, and it advances as they grow. For some adolescent children, the condition resolves as they grow, but a percentage of them require medical treatment. Without treatment, the condition can lead to severe damage in areas through the body such as the lungs, heart, and spine.

Symptoms

Most curves due to the condition are initially noticed in basic school screening tests, by a family doctor, the child’s pediatrician, or sometimes by a parent. A few signs may be an uneven waist, a prominent shoulder blade, or uneven shoulders.

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