Scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine to curve, either forward or from side to side. Sometimes, scoliosis can cause the spine to rotate on its axis, causing deformation in several planes. Scoliosis can range from very mild to severe, and it often requires close monitoring, especially in growing children, to ensure it doesn't become worse.
No, only people with severe forms of the disease or disease that is rapidly progressing will need to wear a brace. Many people have milder forms of scoliosis that do not require bracing.
The types of symptoms caused by scoliosis can vary based on the severity of the condition. The most common symptoms associated with mild to moderate scoliosis are back and neck pain. People with severe forms of scoliosis may experience problems with the lungs and heart as the chest cavity is bent out of its normal shape. Sometimes, people with even mild forms of disease can develop herniated discs due to unequal pressures and strains in the muscles supporting the spine.
Some types of scoliosis can be caused by birth defects, diseases, trauma, surgery or inherited conditions that affect spinal growth and development. However, most cases of scoliosis have no known cause.
In mild to moderate cases, treatment revolves around regular exams to ensure the condition doesn't progress, combined with care aimed at relieving painful symptoms. Treatments can include oral medications to manage pain, epidural injections to relieve pain and inflammation in strained muscles, and physical therapy to help strengthen the muscles that support the spine. Treatment recommendations will be made following an in-depth evaluation of your condition to ensure the best possible results.
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