Each year, those who live with scoliosis and their close family and friends recognize June as Scoliosis Awareness Month. This effort is an annual opportunity for people all over the world to speak about life with a curved spine and educate others about what it’s like to live with scoliosis.
4 Things to Know about Scoliosis
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves sideways, often resulting in symptoms such as pain, reduced flexibility, muscular imbalance, and (in extreme cases) compromised breathing. Every case of scoliosis is different and can vary in symptoms, severity, and curve location from one person to the next.
How Common is Scoliosis?
Approximately 4 out of every 100 people have scoliosis. Not every case of scoliosis causes pain, nor does it always impact a patient’s mobility or appearance. Many cases are asymptomatic (i.e. the patient doesn’t experience any immediately obvious symptoms), with a mild skeletal imbalance the only diagnosis noted. For some, however, the curvature of the spine becomes progressively more severe as time goes by. This can result in secondary medical issues and complications arising, as well.
What Causes Scoliosis?
The most common form of scoliosis is called idiopathic scoliosis, which typically develops during adolescence and has no known cause. It is, however, to be linked to genetic factors. Other types of scoliosis can be caused by birth defects, old age, or a wide range of conditions including:
- muscular dystrophy
- cerebral palsy
It’s a common misconception that scoliosis is caused by carrying heavy bags primarily on one side of the body.
How is Scoliosis Treated?
There are a number of options to treat scoliosis. The most common are bracing as the patient grows and spinal fusion surgery for severe cases. Here at Quince Orchard Medical Center we approach scoliosis with the intention of minimizing day to day pain, improving joint flexibility, and increasing lung function if breathing is compromised. Using a combination of chiropractic adjustments and medical massage, we are committed to improving quality of life and supporting the patient as they live with scoliosis.
If you need more information about scoliosis, or if you’re interested in treatment with QOMC, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 301-762-6686