The term scoliosis refers to a deviation in the natural alignment of the spine, as seen from the front of the body. We talk quite in depth in our articles about the impact a misaligned spine, from a side view, can have on the health of the body, but a scoliosis can be just as detrimental. A diagnosis of scoliosis can be thrown around quite frequently nowadays, as cases of the condition can vary significantly in the symptoms they can cause. A lot of the cases we see are usually insignificant, where the spine has a slight twist or curve to the side, but in some cases the curve can resemble a deep ‘C’ or ’S’ shape. As cases of scoliosis can cause back pain, it is something we can generally help with – so what is our approach to scoliosis?
The Degree of a Scoliosis
With that said, most of the cases of scoliosis that we see at the clinic are mild cases. It can be daunting to receive a diagnosis of scoliosis, especially if this is the first time you’re hearing about such a problem. It’s often more scary when looking up the condition online as there are lots of documented cases of severe scoliosis, but chances are it is a very slight bend in the spine where the symptoms can be eased to help.
As mentioned in a previous article on a scoliosis combined with a kyphosis, the degree of a scoliosis can be very slight, to the point it’s almost worth not labelling it as a diagnosed scoliosis due to the panic it can cause in a patient, when it’s really just a slight bend. As everyday activities such as walking, running, or weight-bearing, can apply pressure to the spine, if your spine is correctly aligned this pressure can be absorbed easily. But in the case of spinal misalignment, such as in scoliosis patients, this pressure may cause undue stress on the spine that can be problematic down the line.
How Can Scoliosis Be Treated?
Treatment for scoliosis can be quite varied depending on the age at which it was caught. If it has been caught during childhood, very often measures will be taken at a young age to correct the spine. This could involve wearing a back brace, or surgery if the child/young adult has stopped growing.
Corrective surgery often involves spinal implants that connect in an attempt to straighten the spine. In most cases, the cause of a scoliosis is unknown as it cannot be influenced by bad posture or types of exercise, they are most likely present from birth due to underdevelopment in the womb, or in adults can be caused by disc degeneration later in life.
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