Scoliosis is a condition that affects the spine. It results in the deformation of the spine, such that it appears curved in an abnormal way. It mainly affects prepubescents and it has adverse effects on the development of a person. Scoliosis may be present at birth, due to malformation of the vertebral or it may be triggered by a pre-existing condition. Though people relate it to conditions like palsy, this health complication’s real cause is yet to be discovered. Some children start to develop spinal deformities that seem to be mild during the initial development stages, but turns out to be extremely painful and severe as they grow up. If your child has been complaining about back pains, then there is need to seek medical assistance. This article looks at the different stages of its symptoms and some possible ways of treating it.
In most teenagers, it can be very difficult to notice the development of this condition. That is why it will require a health practitioner to correctly diagnose scoliosis. In the early stages, the curvature of the spine is not noticeable and may not have any painful effects. One thing you must understand is that, when a normal spine is viewed from the side, it has some curve, but when viewed directly from the back, it has to be straight. The most perfect way of knowing if one is suffering from scoliosis is to have an X-ray done. Apart from that, there are other common tests that can be carried out by a health practitioner.
The most common one is called the Adams Forward bend. A person bends forward at a level where he/she can touch the toes. The health expert will then observe if one of the shoulders happens to be higher than the other, or if one of the blades stick more than the other, or uneven waist, the body tilts to a particular side, a leg appears to be longer than the other, a hip bone appears to be lower than the other or even if the one side of the rib cage seems to be larger than the other. If the curve continues to develop, then the spine may rotate or twist causing a lot of pain. It should however be noted that not all back pains are a sign of scoliosis. With advancement in the health sector, treatment for scoliosis is available.
There is no need to panic when your doctor diagnoses you with scoliosis. He/she will advise you on the severity of the curve and if it needs treatment or not. If a person has a mild curve of the spine, then a few orthopedic checkups will be necessary. One way to treat scoliosis is by using braces to hold the spine for a certain period of time, till the situation gets better. In some instances, one may require surgery, which may be painful, but more effective for severe cases. The surgeon fuses the bones together to prevent them from curving further after which a metal is inserted to offer support for a certain period of time.
Finally, it will be important to seek medical assistance every time you experience back pains to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Scientists are yet to discover what truly causes scoliosis, thus the only way you can really stay safe is by getting regular checkups from your doctor or your chiropractor.