EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCOLIOSIS

EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCOLIOSIS
EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCOLIOSIS
Scoliosis causes the spine to curve to one side. The curvature can be in any part of the spine, but the most commonly affected regions are the upper and lower back.

Scoliosis is most common in the later stages of childhood or the early teenage years when the person is still growing fast. It is more common in females than in males.

Scoliosis is not always noticeable, but some people with this condition may lean to one side or have uneven shoulders or hips due to the curve of the spine.

In this article, we provide an overview of scoliosis, including its causes, symptoms, and treatment.


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What is scoliosis?
A person with scoliosis will have a sideways C- or S-shaped curve in their spine. For a doctor to diagnose scoliosis, the Cobb angle must be at least 10 degrees.

Scoliosis can appear at any age, but it often presents between the ages of 10 and 12 years or during a person’s teens. In most cases, there is no known cause of scoliosis. We call this idiopathic scoliosis.

We will classify spinal curves as structural or nonstructural. A structural curve is permanent and may be due to a medical condition or injury. A nonstructural curve is temporary, meaning that the spine is structurally normal.
 
Scoliosis symptoms
Symptoms vary depending on the degree of scoliosis. Common symptoms associated with scoliosis include:
· one shoulder blade that’s higher than the other
· one shoulder blade that sticks out more than the other
· uneven hips
· a rotating spine
· problems breathing because of reduced area in the chest for lungs to expand
· back pain
 
Risk factors
The risk factors for scoliosis include:
Age: Signs and symptoms often start during a growth spurt just before puberty.
Gender: Females have a higher risk of scoliosis than males.
Genetics: People with scoliosis often have a close relative with the condition.
 
Diagnosis
Physiotherapist will carry out a physical examination of the spine, ribs, hips, and shoulders. With the aid of scoliometer, physiotherapist can measure the degree of scoliosis. An angle greater than 10 degrees indicates scoliosis.
 
Imaging scans such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans can help to assess the shape, direction, location, and angle of the curve.
 
Summary
Scoliosis refers to an abnormally curved spine. It tends to arise in childhood or adolescence, and the cause is usually unknown.

Treatments, such as physiotherapy, back bracing and surgery, can often help.


A person should speak to a health care professional if they suspect scoliosis, as early treatment can help prevent future complications.
What is the long-term outlook for scoliosis?
The long-term outlook for scoliosis depends on how severe the curvature is. For mild to moderate cases, the condition won’t interfere with everyday activities and functions. Individuals with severe forms of scoliosis may have physical limitations.
Living with scoliosis can be difficult. Contact us today, if you’re looking for help managing your scoliosis.



Citation:
https://www.healthline.com/health/scoliosis#outlook
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/190940#symptoms
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

19 Oct 2021