The human spine has a natural curve. However, if the curve of the spine is dramatic, it can result in a number of problems. This condition, called scoliosis, frequently appears during childhood or adolescence. Some cases are mild, while others cause severe deformities. Back pain, obvious curves, and uneven legs or shoulders can all indicate scoliosis. The good news for sufferers is that there are many treatments, some of which are non-invasive, that can be used to treat scoliosis. If you or a loved one is dealing with scoliosis, here is what you need to know:
Types of Scoliosis
There are three primary types of scoliosis. Most individuals with scoliosis have idiopathic scoliosis. Doctors aren’t sure what causes this condition. Idiopathic scoliosis is further broken down into three main types, depending on the age that a person is when the condition appears. Infantile scoliosis occurs in children under three. If scoliosis is diagnosed between the ages of four and 10, it is called juvenile scoliosis. From ages 11 to 18, the condition is called adolescent scoliosis. Idiopathic scoliosis is rarely diagnosed in individuals over age 18.
There is also congenital scoliosis, which occurs due to malformations of the spine which form during development. The third main type of scoliosis is neuromuscular scoliosis, which is caused by nervous system disorders, such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy.
Symptoms of Scoliosis
Many signs of scoliosis are visible. One shoulder may appear higher than the other, or there may be a distinct curvature of the spine. Some people are diagnosed after noticing that one of their legs seems shorter than the other when trying on pants. Back pain, especially lower back pain, and spinal fatigue are also common.
Treatments for Scoliosis
A spine specialist may recommend that you don’t undergo any treatment for scoliosis if your symptoms are mild. If your back pain is intense or if the curve is causing obvious deformities, your spine specialist may recommend back braces or surgery.
The experts at SpineOne can diagnose and treat your scoliosis with a personalized plan using the least invasive procedures possible. Find out how we can help you overcome the back pain and spinal fatigue associated with scoliosis today by calling (303) 367-2225.