Scoliosis

Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, describes any abnormal curve to the side, often forming the letter C or S. While it's most common in children, especially girls, scoliosis can also affect adults. Adult scoliosis may be the result of a condition that was not diagnosed in childhood or the result of age-related changes to the spine.

There may be no symptoms with scoliosis. The body accommodates for the curvature very well.

Symptoms of Scoliosis

  • Backache for low-back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Uneven appearance of shoulders or hips
  • Abnormal lateral curvature of the spine
  • Abnormal front-to-back curvature, with a rounded or hunchback appearance

Treatment of Scoliosis

The goal of treatment for scoliosis is usually conservative and is focused on providing support for the spine, preventing progression of the curvature and treating symptoms of nerve or spinal cord pressure. Surgery may be required if conservative measures fail.

Treatment for scoliosis in children may include wearing a brace to prevent further curvature. Surgery may be required to prevent complications later in life and if the curvature is significant.

The most important part of a non-surgical treatment for scoliosis is a directed exercise program to strengthen the supportive structures of the spine.

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