One of the most common forms of scoliosis is idiopathic scoliosis. Here is some good information regarding this form of curvature of the spine.
What Causes Idiopathic Scoliosis?
What causes idiopathic scoliosis? According to The Scoliosis Research Society:
“Scoliosis in patients between 10 and 18 years of age is termed adolescent scoliosis. By far the most common type of scoliosis is one in which the cause is not known. It is called “idiopathic” or adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Although significant ongoing research continues in this area, including the genetic basis for AIS, there are no identifiable causes for this condition today. Despite this, we currently have accurate methods to determine the risk for curve progression of scoliosis and good methods of treatment.
There are significant efforts being made toward identifying the cause of AIS, but to date there are no well-accepted causes for this particular type of scoliosis. The vast majority of patients are otherwise healthy and have no previous medical history. There are many theories about the cause of AIS including hormonal imbalance, asymmetric growth and muscle imbalance. Approximately 30% of AIS patients have some family history of scoliosis, and therefore there seems to be a genetic connection.” [READ SOURCE]
Important Things to Know About Scoliosis
Scoliosis is a problem, however, the severity of scoliosis varies between patients. For example, some scoliosis patients are merely observed, and no other scoliosis treatment option is recommended. The reason for this is simple. In some cases the curvature corrects itself. In other cases, however, there are other treatment options recommended, such as a soft scoliosis brace, or in very rare cases, scoliosis surgery. The treatment recommended is based on the degree of curvature, whether or not the condition is progressing, and other factors such as family history.
Idiopathic scoliosis doesn’t affect that many people. It accounts for about one percent of the entire population. The most important thing to consider if you’re facing a diagnosis of scoliosis is not to panic. There are a great many treatment options for scoliosis now, and scoliosis braces aren’t as obvious as they used to be.
Most importantly of all, get answers to your questions and concerns regarding scoliosis. Consult with your physician or your chiropractor. And go with the scoliosis treatment option that he or she recommends, whether that option is observation, surgery or scoliosis bracing.
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