What is scoliosis?

Since we are bipedal creatures that walk upright, the spine grows into a nice graceful line that is straight vertically but has curves at the top and bottom to support the weight of the head and body. Scoliosis can change your spine’s shape and you should seek treatment in the early stages of spine morphing.

Scoliosis is a physical abnormity that makes your back or spine to curve to one side. It can impact any section of the spine, but the most seen deformities are the thorax (chest) (known as thoracic scoliosis) and the lower back (you may hear it called lumbar scoliosis). Sometimes, a lateral (sideways) curve forms in the spine. If the curve is more than 10 degrees, it is called a scoliosis. Curves less than 10 degrees are often mere postural deviations. Scoliosis usually is coupled with a lordosis (abnormal curvature toward the front or looking down) or kyphosis (abnormal curvature toward the back or looking up). In most cases, the vertebrae are rotated. In a majority of cases, the initial cause of scoliosis is unknown; that is called idiopathic scoliosis.

Different conditions, like cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and spina bifida are factors in the development of scoliosis. This is despite in certain cases the cause of Scoliosis is not known.

If you have Scoliosis surgery may be required. Problems with scoliosis: Chronic pain, respiratory issues, and decreased exercise ability . Remember, the nervous system and brain of the human is housed by the skeletal system, so any spine condition should be treated immediately.

So lets put, Whether you are a parent or a patient, scoliosis can be a scary diagnosis, and one that you need to immediately act on, so call Dr. Crane and staff today to get started learning, treating and correcting a scoliosis problem.

The great news is many kids with this spine curvature do not need specific scoliosis medical treatment or surgery;  The abnormal spine contraction can correct itself as your child grows. Based on the amount of curvature and the age of the person, a combination of adjustment, bracing and physical therapy is often recommended.

Functional scoliosis is usually caused by a postural problem, spasm, or leg-length difference, which can often be addressed by a chiropractor. Structural scoliosis will not get better just with postural changes. Scoliosis can negatively affect the quality of life of a patient by limiting things they can do, pain, reduced lung capacity, or negatively affecting cardiac function. A scoliosis can cause a person to perhaps experience low self-esteem issues or other psychological problems due to the cosmetic concerns of having a scoliosis.

Because scoliosis occurs most commonly during adolescence, teenagers with extreme spinal deviations are often made fun of by their peers. However, 4 out of 5 people with a scoliosis have curves of less than 20 degrees, which are typically not visible to the average eye. These curves are usually not a cause for concern, if there are no signs of progression of the sideways curve. In a growing child, however, curvatures can get bad very fast, by 10 degrees or more- in just weeks, so frequent checkups are often recommended.