Symptoms and Causes of Scoliosis
By Madhusudhan Tammisetti
Scoliosis may afflict anybody at any age, although it's more common in girls under the age of 7. Aside from that, the most frequent age for development is after menopause, when bone loses estrogen's protective influence and becomes vulnerable to demineralization problems.
It's worth noting that over 80 percent of all diagnosed instances of scoliosis are idiopathic, meaning they have no known cause. It's concerning for medical practitioners who are confronted with the difficult job of developing treatment methods without a clear knowledge of the underlying cause. Aside from that, there are instances when the cause has been identified.
When seen from the front side or sideways, the spinal column enables a person to stand straight, and the shoulder blades are at the same level with no apparent asymmetries. But scoliosis causes the spine to bend unnaturally to one side, resulting in a very apparent posture distortion. One side of the body seems somewhat tilted up more than the other side.
A chiropractor may help treat scoliosis by trying to adjust the spine to the correct position. The chiropractor may suggest some physical therapy that may help with the body posture in the long run.
While noticeable body tilting to one side is the most obvious symptom of scoliosis, many other symptoms may suggest scoliosis without substantial spine tilting. Scoliosis tends to develop uncontrolled until it becomes evident if not identified early enough. Other symptoms include shortness of breath and abdominal, neck, and back pain.
Listed below are some of the causes of scoliosis.
These disorders may alter the spine's structure whether they're present at birth or develop later in life. Cerebral palsy, polio, and muscular dystrophy are all neuromuscular diseases that cause the spine's structural integrity to be compromised, resulting in scoliosis or kyphosis.
Scoliosis caused by neuromuscular disorders may be incurable and becomes more degenerative.
Congenital scoliosis is defined as scoliosis detected at birth or during regular ultrasounds while a woman is pregnant. Congenital scoliosis may develop due to genetic characteristics handed down from one's parents, nutritional deficiency during pregnancy, or exposure to circumstances that may have influenced the spine's normal development while in the womb.
This mainly affects the elderly, who may have been suffering from arthritis, osteoporosis, or spinal bone spurs. In older adults, degeneration of supporting tissue such as tendons and ligaments and spinal disks' compression may lead to scoliosis development.
Visit a chiropractor if you're suffering from a tilted spine. An untrained eye may not find the abnormality, but chiropractors may see the difference in the posture. Your medical history may also help in planning your treatment.
The chiropractor may try to adjust the spine. They may also suggest some exercises, massages, and stretching to correct your posture.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia, S.C.