Scoliosis

While curves in the spine are seen in many individuals, scoliosis is an extreme case where the spine appears to have an abnormal C-shape or S-shape which can damage the discs of the spine or cause other complications depending on its severity. A few of the different types of scoliosis are: 

 

Congenital scoliosis: born with abnormally shaped vertebrae that cause the spine to grow in a curved form instead of straight. Typically diagnosed in youth aged 8 – 16 who are in the middle of their growth. Angle of the curve will gradually worsen as a person grows taller.

 

Idiopathic scoliosis: Caused by an unknown reason.

 

Neuromuscular scoliosis: due to a neuromuscular disease in a person’s youth that cause imbalance or weakness in the medial muscles of the back that surround the spine.

 

Symptoms:

 

  • Irregular hip, rib, or shoulder blade positions
  • Uneven heights of shoulders or arms 
  • head/neck is not centered with rest of body
  • Lack of balance
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Back pain

 

Causes:

 

  • Major injury 
  • Neuromuscular condition

 

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