What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a progressive sideways curvature of the spine. People with scoliosis have an S bend curve to their spine. It’s a condition that involves complex lateral and rotational curvature and deformity of the spine. It is typically classified as congenital (caused by vertebral anomalies present at birth), idiopathic (sub-classified as infantile, juvenile, adolescent, or adult according to when onset occurred) or as having developed as a secondary symptom of another condition, such as cerebral palsy or spinal muscular atrophy.

What are the Symptoms of Scoliosis?

This is not usually a painful condition but it can cause problems later on if not treated such as, arthritis, disk and other back problems. In severe cases the heart and lungs are affected.

  • The entire body seems to tilt to one side.
  • The shoulders, hips and legs appear uneven.
  • From the front the ribs appear more prominent.

What are the Causes of Scoliosis?

It is not known exactly what causes this condition but genetics may play a part according to researchers. Children who have suffered from diseases of the muscles, bones, or nervous system, such as polio or cerebral palsy, may also develop scoliosis

Traditional Medical Treatments for Scoliosis

The standard treatments for scoliosis are exercise, orthopaedic bracing, and in severe cases, surgery. It is important for treatment to begin early.

Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Scoliosis

Only conventional medical treatment seems to help these patients at this stage. It is vital that your child wear the brace as instructed in order for the treatment to be successful. It may be hard for them, and they will need your support and the support of other family members and friends. Help your child adhere to exercise programs written by your physical therapist or doctor in order to keep their muscles toned and supple.