How to Recognize the Symptoms of Scoliosis and Treat It

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How to Recognize the Symptoms of Scoliosis and Treat It Photo by Shalini Gaur

A normal spine is straight and supports the posture of the body. However, in Scoliosis there is an abnormal curvature in the spine. This occurs during the earlier stages of growth, normally in the growth spurt in puberty. This abnormal curvature can lead to various complications, in which either the posture of the individual gets affected, or some of the internal organs get suppressed and stop functioning properly. In this article, we give you the symptoms of Scoliosis and the next step of Scoliosis treatment.

There are certain factors that need to be taken into consideration before you look out for the symptoms of Scoliosis:

  • Scoliosis affects more that 2% of females and 0.5% of males.
  • In most cases the cause of Scoliosis is unknown also known as idiopathic
  • The Scoliosis type is based on the factor of age
  • Infantile idiopathic Scoliosis is when the individual is less than 3 years
  • Juvenile idiopathic Scoliosis is when the individual is between the ages of 3 years to 10 years.
  • Individuals who are over the age of 10 is known to have idiopathic Scoliosis
  • scoliosis treatment is very simple for both adults and children

There are mainly three types of scoliosis namely:

  • Functional scoliosis is where the spine is normal at birth, but during the growth spurt, an abnormal curve develops due to  a problem somewhere in the body, like one leg being shorter than the other
  • Neuromuscular scoliosis occurs during the formation of the spine. This is when the spine vertebrates fails to separate from each other during fetal growth. This is mostly congenital growth defect.
  • Degenerative scoliosis occurs mostly in adults. It is caused by age related disorders like Spondylosis, vertebral compression, disc generation and osteoporosis.
  • Other types of scoliosis include spine tumors known as osteoid osteoma, where a benign tumor causes pain in the spine. In order to relieve this pain, the individual tends to lean on a particular side to reduce this pressure, leading to a spine deformity

Symptoms of Scoliosis:

  • Change in posture: at times you will not notice this change as it is very subtle. This change occurs over a time and you will barely register the differences in your posture. Mostly your friends or family will notice your sudden change is posture.
  • Large hump in the back: sometimes you will notice a hump in your back, normally on your spine. This is normally where the spine curves abnormally, pushing your spine out of the normal position. 
  • Other symptoms of scoliosis in children include uneven shoulders, a prominent shoulder blade, uneven waist, or leaning to one side.

The scoliosis treatment is very simple. A brace may be placed on the back, to halt the progression of the curvature. In extreme and rare cases a medical procedure will be needed to treat this problem.

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Dr Gaur is certified in advance manual physiotherapy. She has acquired specialized training in static and dynamic assessment of upper and lower quarter of the body. Sheexpertises in Scoliosis treatment. Dr. Gaur also specializes in soft tissue manipulation and healing with Chi Nei Tsang course attended at Mantak Chia's Institute, Thailand.

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