If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with scoliosis, you will want to know the treatment options for scoliosis.
Scoliosis and Scoliosis Treatment Options
Before we talk about treatment options for scoliosis, it is important to know what scoliosis is first. Scoliosis is not really a disease. It is a condition where the spine curves sideways in an abnormal manner. Though any part of the spine might bend, the parts that usually is affected are the lower part of the back, or the upper back (chest) area. The spine might curve to the left, right, or at times, both the sides. If the spine curves in the lower (lumbar) region, it does not have an effect on one’s posture. However, if there is a curve in the upper (thoracic) region, then it can result in the rib cage being twisted, and this makes the body’s misalignment more noticeable. If the curve gets more worse, the spine might twist or rotate. In extreme cases of scoliosis, a person might suffer from severe back pain, and important organs like the heart and the lungs might be damaged.
Symptoms of Scoliosis
Scoliosis symptoms might differ from person to person, depending on the type, severity, and cause of the disorder. However, there are some common symptoms, including: The head stays tilted and does not appear in line with the rest of the body The hip tilts to one side and appears lower than the normal position One shoulder blade appears higher than the other An uneven neckline In young girls, uneven sized breasts might be seen developing Scoliosis Treatment Options The type of treatment decided for scoliosis depends on various factors: The person’s age Cause and type of the disorder Size, location, degree and pattern of the curve In case of mild scoliosis, treatment is not needed. Examinations are conducted every 4 to 6 months to keep a track on the progress of the curve. If the curve keeps on growing then the doctor may recommend wearing a brace, or a surgery. Bracing If the scoliosis curve is more than 25 to 30 degree, then the doctor will recommend a brace to slow down the curve development. Different types of braces are available, and they function in a different manner. The most common types of braces will be defined in a future article.
For now, however, know that you have several options available to treat your scoliosis.
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1355 S Higley Rd #102
Gilbert, AZ 85296