About Backbone Curvatures
Scoliosis is not a spinal disease but a term that is used to describe the abnormal side-to-side (lateral) curve in the spinal column. When a normal spinal column is seen from the back, it appears to form a straight line, however when a person is suffering from scoliosis the back appears to shaped in the form an ‘S’ or a ‘C’ as opposed to an ‘I’ that a healthy spine looks like. Scoliosis treatment varies depending on the type of scoliosis.
Different types of scoliosis include:
- Degenerative Scoliosis – This scoliosis gets worse with age and is caused by arthritis as well as degeneration of the spine
- Congenital Scoliosis – This type of scoliosis is by birth and it starts developing during the third or sixth week in the utero
- Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis – This scoliosis as the name suggest starts showing its symptoms in the growth spurt period that occur before puberty
- Neuromuscular scoliosis – This type of scoliosis occurs in children who suffer from any neurological disorder like cerebral palsy or spina bifida
Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis
There are certain extremely obvious symptoms of scoliosis that may help in determining if a person has scoliosis. These signs are:
- One shoulder is more prominent than the other i.e. they are different in height
- One hip is raised higher than the other
- The head is not placed above the pelvis directly
- The waist sis uneven
- The body leans to one side in entirety
Diagnosing Scoliosis and Treatment
Back specialist use diagnostic test as tools to confirm if the patient is suffering from scoliosis. These diagnostic tools include MRI scan, X-ray, CT scan and spinal radiograph.
Back specialists usually decide the course of treatment depending upon the curve, age as well as other factors of the patient. Brace is usually the first option if the curve is in need to be corrected. If the curve is progressive than back surgery (spinal fusion) is considered.
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