Scoliosis is a medical condition where a person’s spine is curved. While it may appear as an “S” or “?” on an x-ray image, scoliosis is really a complex three-dimensional deformity. Typically, once someone has reached skeletal maturity (they’ve stopped growing), their scoliosis is unlikely to progress.
In children, it is important to monitor any changes in the spine, and rule out any sinister underlying causes for the scoliosis.
Signs and Symptoms
- Uneven musculature on one side of the spine
- A rib prominence or a prominent shoulder blade, caused by rotation of the ribcage in thoracic scoliosis
- Uneven hips, arms or leg lengths
- Slow nerve action (due to compressed spinal nerves)
Treatment and Management
Depending in the cause of the scoliosis, the treatment and management strategies may differ.
Congenital scoliosis (cause by bone deformities) cannot be cured, but the pain and symptoms of it can be managed, and many people notice improvements in their posture. For children and adults with this condition, symptoms are monitored, and there is a focus on reducing pain and maintaining or improving functioning.
Other forms of scoliosis can be corrected, and sometimes eliminated with the right manual therapies and exercises.
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