Simply put, scoliosis is a curvature of the spine. Instead of having a spinal column that is in an “I” shape, those afflicted with this condition have a spine that looks more like an “S” or “C.”

There are several different causes of scoliosis. It can be caused by neuromuscular conditions like cerebral palsy or spina bifida, or it can be congenital—a result of the bones forming irregularly during prenatal development. However, the most common form is idiopathic scoliosis, which means the cause is unknown. Idiopathic cases often occur during growth spurts that take place during puberty.

Scoliosis can also be a result of the accelerated aging processes that arise due to untreated, uncomplicated simple mechanical back pain. Keeping the mechanics of the spine working correctly can slow these processes.

From a medical standpoint, most cases of scoliosis are relatively harmless insofar as it isn’t life threatening, but some instances can become so severe that it turns into a debilitating condition. In less-severe cases, it can result in a reduced quality of life for those who have it.

Those who suffer from severe scoliosis may develop symptoms such as difficulty breathing due to less room in the chest cavity caused by the extreme curvature in the spine, while those with less-severe cases may suffer from back pain or fatigue when standing or sitting for long periods of time. These symptoms can grow worse over time if the condition is left untreated.

Due to the nature of the condition, scoliosis is typically easy to diagnose. During a physical exam, a doctor will ask the patient to bend over at the waist and look for a number of things: obvious spinal curvatures, uneven shoulders or a tilted pelvis. These things stand out and don’t require much more than a visual examination. If the doctor believes the patient may have scoliosis, x-rays may be ordered to assess the severity of the curvature. From there, a treatment method will be determined.

Regardless of the severity of the case, it is advised that those with the condition receive two to three checkups a year to determine if the scoliosis is worsening. For those with less-severe cases, a physical therapy regimen be prescribed along with a back brace to keep the spine straight. Spinal manipulative therapy and spinal stabilizing exercises can also correct the bad mechanics derived from long-standing, untreated simple mechanical back pain and slow down the accelerated aging processes people develop as a result of scoliosis.

Those with severe cases may require surgery, although surgical treatment is only used in cases where the curvature in the spine is advancing at a rapid rate or if it is beginning to affect the breathing or other normal functions of the patient.

If you would like help treating your scoliosis, contact our office at 865.524.1234. Our comprehensive team is trained to help you reduce the symptoms and pain associated with scoliosis.

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Knoxville, TN 37923
Office: (865) 691-3155
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