What is Scoliosis?

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When viewed from the side, the human spine has a natural “S” curve that allows proper nerve flow and shock absorption.  When viewed from behind, the spine should appear straight. Scoliosis is defined as a lateral (or sideways) misalignment of the spine that affects the spine’s natural curve and appearance.

Causes of Scoliosis.

Scoliosis is most commonly idiopathic (unknown cause), but can also be congenital or caused by neuromuscular dysfunction. Particularly with neuromuscular scoliosis, it has been shown that genetics can play a large role in susceptibility.  Scoliosis can occur at any age. Congenital scoliosis is more common in infants and children, while idiopathic scoliosis is most common in adults.

Symptoms of Scoliosis.

Symptoms can vary with the severity of scoliosis, various other health issues, and the presence of joint degeneration. Typically, scoliosis begins symptom-free. However, if left untreated for years, scoliosis can lead to discomfort, pain, postural issues, muscle weakness, nerve integrity (causing tingling, weakness, or numbness), and limited range of motion.  Severe cases may lead to organ compromise, trouble breathing, disability, and a rapid decline in quality of life.

The onset of symptoms and aggravation are most common during times of stress, such as growth spurts in children.  Scoliosis does tend to be progressive in nature as growth, aging, and degeneration naturally occur. Luckily, with the type of care, scoliosis can be managed and even reversed.

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How Scoliosis Affects Each Age Group.

Infantile Scoliosis

This less common form of scoliosis is diagnosed within the first 6 months of a baby’s life to up to 3 years of age.  The cause is unknown. Rarely it resolves on its own, but it often requires close observation and conservative care to prevent a severe progression as they get older.

Juvenile Scoliosis

It affects children between 3 and 9 years of age, with more girls being affected than boys.  It is characterized by a sideways “S” or “C” curve (more commonly to the right). Early detection is crucial since there is a high risk of disease progression (7 out of 10).  Otherwise, if left untreated it can lead to severe pain and discomfort, and eventually surgical intervention. Proper treatment includes bracing, education, and exercise.

Adolescent Scoliosis

This type of scoliosis affects adolescents, typically as they enter puberty (more easily detected in girls).  It is most commonly associated with postural issues in otherwise healthy individuals. With treatment, prognosis is good and risk of progression is relatively low.  If left untreated, it will most likely turn into chronic issues with back pain and mobility issues as an adult

Adult Scoliosis

Scoliosis in an adult occurs for two primary reasons:  untreated adolescent scoliosis (or ASA), or due to degenerative changes in the spine (Degenerative De-Novo Scoliosis or DDS).  ASA can be hard to determine. However, once diagnosed it can be closely monitored via regular screening. DDS is most common in older adults (50+) due to changes in joint integrity, bone density, and overall tissue quality of the spine.  These degenerative qualities typically lead to further degradation of the spine, if not addressed properly. Treatment options include bracing, exercise, and posture training.

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