Scoliosis is one of the most common back injuries, affecting over seven million people in the U.S. alone. This medical condition impacts children, teenagers, and adults worldwide. If left untreated, it can affect your quality of life and cause major discomfort. Scoliosis treatment is complex and may involve bracing, physical therapy, medications, and even surgery.
What Is Scoliosis?
People with scoliosis have a deviation of the spine. This disorder affects your posture and overall trunk alignment. Most patients are diagnosed during their adolescence. Statistics indicate that up to three percent of the population suffers from scoliosis. Women are more likely than men to develop this condition.
If you have scoliosis, you spine may resemble an “S” or a “C.” These abnormalities can be seen on an X-ray. There are several types of scoliosis, and each requires a different approach. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is the most common form of the disease. You may also develop early onset scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis, or congenital scoliosis.
Symptoms and Risk Factors
This health condition can limit your flexibility and range of motion. Most patients have a prominent shoulder blade, muscle imbalances on one side of the spine, or uneven arm lengths. In rare cases, scoliosis may cause slow nerve action and reduced lung capacity.
If someone in your family has scoliosis, your risk of developing this condition increases. Statistics show that more than 30 percent of children with scoliosis have a parent or sibling who also has the condition. Many times, this disorder is associated with spinal muscular atrophy, spina bifida, genetic conditions, and neuromuscular problems.
Treatment Options for Scoliosis
Without proper treatment, scoliosis can get worse and cause heart problems, breathing difficulties, back pain, and bad posture. Treatment options depend on the severity of your condition. In general, children with scoliosis must wear a brace until their spine is fully grown. Adults can benefit from physical therapy.
An experienced Physical Therapist can fix muscular imbalances and faulty movement patterns, recommend special exercise, and prevent the progress of scoliosis. He may also use the Schroth method on children to correct spinal deviations and prevent complications.
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