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    The Facts About Scoliosis and Scoliosis Braces

    Scoliosis Braces Can Help Patients of All Ages | 480-892-0022

    Scoliosis Braces Can Help Patients of All Ages | 480-892-0022

    Idiopathic scoliosis is a spinal condition that causes an irregular curve in the spine.  What a lot of people don’t know is that the spine is not straight.  Instead, it has a natural curve when looked at from one side.  It appears straight when viewed from the patient’s front.   People that have scoliosis have curves in the spine that go sideways into a  “C” or “S” shape.  Some forms of scoliosis are hereditary, but at present, we don’t know what causes idiopathic scoliosis.  If you have scoliosis, however, it is important to know about scoliosis treatment options such as scoliosis braces.

    Scoliosis braces correct the condition gradually, and in some cases, they are used to stop the condition from getting worse.  The final way that scoliosis braces are used is in juvenile patients to hold the spine in place until they grow out of the spinal curvature.  Scoliosis, while present in preteen and teenage boys is two times more likely to be present in teenage girls, with the average ages being between ten and thirteen. Scoliosis seems to have a genetic factor because individuals with scoliosis are more inclined to bear children with scoliosis as well.  The level of curvature, however, is not genetic and can vary between individuals in the same family.

    What Causes Scoliosis in Families?

    What causes scoliosis in families? First off, be aware that scoliosis, or curvature of the spine,isn’t very common.  Scoliosis affects around 0.5% of males and 2% of females nationwide. As we covered above, the causes of scoliosis are obscure. In fact, the term idiopathic means “of unknown cause.” Idiopathic scoliosis is just one type of scoliosis, however.

    If the patient is under 3 years of age, it is called infantile scoliosis. Scoliosis that appears between 3 to 10 years old is called juvenile scoliosis, and individuals who are oler than 10 have adolescent scoliosis.

    There are three other main types of scoliosis:

    • Functional – the spine is normal, yet an abnormal curve appears due to a problem in another region of the body.
    • Neuromuscular – when there is a problem with the bones of the spine. Either they fail to form fully or fail to separate one from another. People often showcase a long “C” curve and also have weak muscles, unable to sustain them up to stand straight.
    • Degenerative – this appears in older individuals, due to arthritis, and it is also called spondylosis.

    Whichever form of scoliosis you or someone you love might have, you want to know all of your options.  One option you might want to discuss with your chiropractor is to be fitted with a soft scoliosis brace.

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