There are many deformities in the world which have made our life unbalanced and problematic. Out of all these deformities, scoliosis is such an annoying disease that not only brings irregularity in the body postures but severe pain to the body along with the inability to move.
Scoliosis is the abnormal curvatures of the spinal curves that gradually brings abnormalities in the body postures. Although our body is blessed with some perfect kinds of curves in the spinal cord that balances the whole body and its easy movement and in case of Scoliosis the curves are formed in either “C” or “S” shaped.
It is such a disease which is most commonly found among the children especially in girls. Since during puberty a girl has encountered many physical and hormonal changes in herself that also brings some nutritional deficiencies and gradually result in Scoliosis. Children below the age of 3 is diagnosed with infantile scoliosis and among 3-4 face the juvenile scoliosis. Once this deformity is avoided this can reach to other stage which is normally being called as adult scoliosis that occurs between the age 11-18 and above.
If the scoliosis is diagnosed at the time of the birth of the baby, is termed as congenital scoliosis, when the baby’s ribs and bones are not formed properly. Neuromuscular Scoliosis which is typically caused due to failure of the nervous system affecting your muscles like cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and polio has also been found in some cases.
Most of the times the symptoms are not identified and being avoided by the patients which is termed as idiopathic scoliosis. There could be many symptoms of scoliosis which is confirmed by a qualified specialist. When a scoliosis specialist undergoes some test like X-Ray, CT Scan, MRI, bone marrow test and spinal curve measurement, the extent of curvature is defined.
Here are some of the common symptoms of Scoliosis:
- Backache or low-back pain
- Spinal curves more to one side
- Uneven hips or shoulders (one shoulder may be higher than the other)
- Tired feeling in the spine after sitting or standing for a long time
- Inability in the movement of the body
Most of the idiopathic scoliosis does not need any treatment but some special care can help in reducing the curves. Although the Scoliosis treatment is dependant upon –
- The cause of Scoliosis
- The location of the curve of the spine
- How big the curve is
- If your body is still moving
But once the extent of curvature is defined the treatments are performed accordingly. If the patient is diagnosed with 25 to 40 degrees of curvature bracing is recommended for them and if the curvature is beyond that extent, a scoliosis surgery is must for such patients.
Generally scoliosis bracing is recommended at the initial stage when the extent of curvature is less specially for the children to control the worsening of the spine curvature.
With scoliosis surgery the deformed curves are being removed into an artificial one bringing normal curves of the body. This is done by the surgeon by fusing vertebrae in a more normal anatomic position. But this way of treatment is a matter of chance, since an absolute recovery is not guaranteed and there could be chances of returning the ill shaped curvatures back. Thus a non-surgical way of scoliosis treatment is very effective. In this method, regular exercise and physiotherapy along with Yoga and some meditation is recommended by the physiotherapist that brings a gradual but effective solution to this disease.
Thus the scoliosis patient should now relax since there are solutions to this irking disease. With proper diagnosis and proper care one can surely attain the normal curves back to his spines and can live a healthy, pain free and normal life. Consult your physician or surgeon now to avoid further ignorance.