Scoliosis & Types, Causes and Treatments

Scoliosis & Types, Causes and Treatments

Scoliosis may be correctable. When caught in the early stages, certain exercises may be able to help. Speak with your doctor about how to straighten your spine without surgery.

Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of vertical vertebrae comprising the spine. Simply put, the spines of patients with scoliosis curve instead of remaining in straight alignment. When viewing the body from the side, shoulders should be gently rounded and curve slightly inward at the small of the back. A person with scoliosis will appear asymmetrical when viewed from the front or back.

There are four types of scoliosis, each with unique causes and treatment options: Spinal abnormalities present at birth are known as congenital scoliosis. This type of scoliosis is caused by birth defects. Speak with your pediatrician about treatment options. Degenerative scoliosis presents post-injury or accident. Contributing factors include thinning bones (osteoporosis), surgery or bone collapse.

Physical therapy and surgical treatment may help. Muscle and nervous systems deformities cause neuromuscular scoliosis and is accompanied by other diseases, such as spina bifida or palsy, muscular dystrophy, etc. Treatment options depend upon the root cause. The cause of idiopathic scoliosis, the most common type, is unknown. Strong evidence suggests that idiopathic scoliosis correctable through special exercises. In many cases, natural and effective treatment options are available.

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