What is Scoliosis, and is it tough to live with?

Let's talk about scoliosis for a bit. First, you cannot look at a person and tell if they have scoliosis, you have to have an X-Ray. Typically, I like the full spine and pelvis so we can see where things are coming from.

Next, it is not that hard to fix if you have a C curve, which is where the spine looks like a C with only one curve point. If you have an S curve, where the spine has two curves, one on top and one down below, that looks like an S, this can also be fixed, but it's more complicated.  We have scoliosis because we get plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, and most shoulder issues; these are tone problems.

If the tone, or how hard a group of muscles is pulling, is higher on one side of the spine than the other, the spine will curve with the increased pressure.

The exact cause of scoliosis is often unknown. However, certain factors have been identified as potential causes, including genetics, neuromuscular disorders, birth defects, and underlying medical conditions such as cerebral palsy or spinal cord injuries. Scoliosis can also develop in individuals with no known risk factors. [1]

If you suspect that you or a loved one may have scoliosis, seek medical attention for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. With proper care and management, individuals with scoliosis can lead healthy, active lives.


[1] "What Is Scoliosis?" National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/scoliosis

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