Scoliosis – a Serious Ailment of the Spine

Scoliosis is one of the serious ailments of the spine. A person suffering from this condition has a lateral curvature in the spinal column. The spine shows roundness in the upper portion of the spin when viewed from the side. Learn more about this ailment and common treatments.

Who are the individuals commonly affected by scoliosis?

Approximately 2% to 3% of Americans at age 16 have scoliosis. Less than 0.1% have spinal curves measuring greater than 40 degrees, which is the point at which surgery becomes a consideration. Overall, girls are more likely to be affected than boys. Idiopathic scoliosis is most commonly a condition of adolescence affecting those ages 10 through 16. Idiopathic scoliosis may progress during the “growth spurt” years, but usually will not progress during adulthood.

If you see one or more of the symptoms of scoliosis, you must consult a doctor so it can be treated as early as possible. These include a prominent shoulder blade, leaning on one side, uneven shoulders, or uneven waist. It is diagnosed by an X-ray and bone exam.

The treatment for this ailment of the bone depends on the patient’s age, degree of the curve, and the type of scoliosis.

Bracing

Doctors may advise wearing a brace to stop a curve from getting worse. Bracing may be used when a person is still growing and has a moderate curve.

Surgery

Doctors use surgery to correct a curve or stop it from getting worse when the person is still growing, the curve is severe, and the curve is getting worse. Surgery often involves fusing together two or more bones in the spine. The doctor may also put in a metal rod or other device. These devices are called implants. They stay in the body and help keep the spine straight after surgery.

Watch the video below to learn exercises recommended for scoliosis treatment. Condult with your doctor before performing any of theses exercises.