If you’re looking at scoliosis treatment options, you probably know a bit about scoliosis. However, in case you don’t, please read on.
Information About Scoliosis
Scoliosis is not an disease. It’s a condition wherein there is an abnormal curvature within the spine. Any section of the spine can be affected by the disorder including the lumbar, cervical and thoracic vertebrae. Most often, the lumber spine is affected. The spine can bend to the left, right, or at times both sides.
The curves develop as moderate, severe and mild, and can affect individuals of all ages. If the curve occurs within the lumbar area of the spine, posture is not affected. However, the curve within the thoracic region leads to a bend in the rib cage. If the curve worsens, the spine might rotate or twist. In extreme cases of scoliosis, there might be severe back pain; also other vital organs such as heart, lungs might get damaged. Scoliosis treatment depends on a number of factors including growth, age as well as pattern and degree of the curve.
Types of Scoliosis and Their Causes
Neuromuscular Scoliosis is caused as a result of muscle weakness or poor muscle control as well as ailments which affect the nerves. Neuromuscular scoliosis can be also be caused by a disorder known as cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a condition where there’s damage done to the brain either prior to or shortly after birth. Certain other disorders which might lead to neuromuscular scoliosis are muscular dystrophy, polio and spina bifida.
Degenerative scoliosis typically occurs in women who are more than forty years of age. Due to bone deterioration, the spine loses its capability to maintain its usual shape and starts to sag. This leads to a scoliotic bend in the spine. Also, degenerative scoliosis might be caused by illnesses or injuries such as traumatic bone collapse, osteoporosis or a serious back injury.
Congenital Scoliosis occurs prior to birth whilst the fetus is developing within the womb. When the spine is being formed, a part of the vertebrae (spinal bone) might not form correctly resulting in a curved spine. We will cover more about the different types of scoliosis in our next article.
As there are a lot of different forms of scoliosis, there are also several different ways to treat it. If you or someone that you love has been diagnosed with scoliosis, your spinal doctor or chiropractor should be able to give you your scoliosis treatment options.
Pivonka Family Chiropractic
1355 S Higley Rd #102
Gilbert, AZ 85296