Part one of our series on scoliosis bracing focuses on scoliosis itself.
Does Scoliosis Cause Pain?
When a patient is diagnosed with scoliosis, like any medical diagnosis that is potentially serious, there are a lot of questions and concerns that they will have. Most people don’t want to live with any sort of pain, especially back pain. That’s why one of the more common questions that we get is: does scoliosis cause pain?
Most forms of scoliosis do not cause any pain whatever. Idiopathic scoliosis, which is the most common variety of scoliosis only rarely causes pain. What causes scoliosis pain? Usually it is strain on the vertebrae, discs, or muscles in the back that are compensating for the curvature. Scoliosis pain only occurs in a small number of patients.
What Are The Symptoms of Scoliosis?
What are the symptoms of scoliosis? According to the site Spine Health: “In children and teenagers, scoliosis often does not have any noticeable symptoms. The curvature of the spine does not cause pain, and if it is mild, it can go unnoticed. While a healthy spine, when viewed from the side, has natural curvature, when viewed from the back the spine appears as a straight line. A person with scoliosis, however, will appear to have a lateral (side-to-side) curve in their spine when viewed from the back. Without an X-ray of the spine, there are several common physical symptoms that may indicate scoliosis. One of the most common tests for detecting scoliosis is called the Adam’s Forward Bend Test, in which the individual bends from the waist as if touching the toes. The medical professional then observes for one or more of the following signs of scoliosis:
One shoulder is higher than the other
One shoulder blade sticks out more than the other
One side of the rib cage appears higher than the other
One hip appears higher or more prominent than the other
The waist appears uneven
The body tilts to one side
One leg may appear shorter than the other
Any type of back pain is not usually considered a scoliosis symptom.” [READ MORE]
An important thing to realize is that scoliosis is not a disease. It is a condition, usually with a genetic component. Only two percent of the population of the US have scoliosis, and of that two percent only a few cases warrant any sort of treatment such as surgery, observation, or scoliosis bracing.
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Gilbert, AZ 85296