Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine. However, the problem begins usually in the upper middle back region. The reason of the problem is still unknown.
· Idiopathic: It is the most common type of scoliosis. However, there is no reason why the spine is curved.
· Congenital: This type of scoliosis is present at birth. The problems in a baby’s growth and development can lead to this. However, in most of cases, it is not severe in childhood, but it may get worse in the later stages of life.
Most commonly known symptoms of the problem are:
· Stiffness, fatigue and pain while standing or sitting
· One hip may seem higher from the other
· Shoulders must appear uneven
· As the child enters puberty, the degree of the spinal curve increases and become visible.
· The curve can diminish the lung capacity, thereby putting pressure on the heart
How it is diagnosed?
If the condition is functional or structural, it gets noticed in the first physical examination. The doctor conducts a posture evaluation of the frontal and lateral view to check if the problem is due to bad posture. After this, he will also check the extent of the curve and restrict patient movement as per the condition
The doctor may also recommend test like X-ray and DSA to identify the root cause of the condition.
A full-spine x-ray is conducted so as to measure the Cobb’s angle. It is used to describe the extent spinal deformities.
Digital spine analysis
It helps identify qualitatively the imbalance of spine by measuring the deficiencies in the efficiency of the muscles of the area.
However, the treatment depends a lot on the extent of the curve and your age. The treatment focuses on correcting the curve through stretching tight muscles and strengthening of weak muscles.
In certain cases, the bracing is also effective. It stops the curvature from growing further. It stabilizes your condition. The last resort is surgery, which reduces the curvature and prevents its further development.
However, if the issue is not addressed properly, it may cause disfigurement and compromising the cardiopulmonary system.
With the proper treatment and approach, most patients with Scoliosis can lead a normal life.
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