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SCOLIOSIS

Causes, Symptoms

and Treatments.

COMMON CAUSES

Scoliosis may have various underlying causes, such as birth defects, genetic factors, injuries, and neuromuscular conditions.

Birth defects and genetic conditions affect bone development in the spine, predisposing an individual towards scoliosis. In these cases, scoliosis is often evident at birth or in the child’s early years. However, scoliosis may also develop later in one’s life due to spinal injuries, spinal infections, and neuromuscular conditions, like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.

MAIN SYMPTOMS

The primary symptom of scoliosis is an uneven side-to-side curvature of the spine, which, in turn, makes one side of the body seem higher than the other.

Individuals with scoliosis have uneven shoulder height, shoulder blade protrusion, ribs, and hips, with one side seeming higher or more protruded than the other. The reduced space in the chest also prevents the lungs from expanding, leading to breathing problems.

What is it?

Scoliosis is an abnormal S-shaped or C-shaped curvature of the spine caused by birth defects, genetic anomalies, or neuromuscular conditions. This condition rotates the spine, making the shoulders, hips, and ribs on one side protrude prominently.

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SCOLIOSIS
TREATMENT

SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT

BRACES

Children with mild or moderate scoliosis are given spinal braces to prevent the curvature from progressing. The plastic braces are specifically contoured according to the individual’s body to ensure they’re invisible under the clothes. They fit under the arms, move along the ribs, and end at the lower back and hips. The braces can be discontinued once the child’s body stops growing.

SURGERY

Severe scoliosis can be treated with a surgical procedure called spinal fusion. During the surgery, multiple vertebrae are fused with bone grafting material, metal rods, hooks, and screws, to prevent independent movement. The metal rods and screws keep the implant straight while the bone grafting material fuses the vertebrae together, holding the spine in a straight position.

SURGERY

Severe scoliosis can be treated with a surgical procedure called spinal fusion. During the surgery, multiple vertebrae are fused with bone grafting material, metal rods, hooks, and screws, to prevent independent movement. The metal rods and screws keep the implant straight while the bone grafting material fuses the vertebrae together, holding the spine in a straight position.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER
SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT

POST-TREATMENT IMPROVEMENT

Patients must avoid bending, lifting, and twisting after scoliosis surgery. If you must bend, you should bend at the knees and hips rather than the back. And if you must lift an object, it shouldn’t be any more than 8 pounds. Depending on your procedure’s details, you may be given back braces to wear for a few days or weeks.

The doctor will discuss every aspect of your recovery process, including pain management, incision care, follow-up appointments, activity limitations, etc. Most patients are cleared to resume moderate exercises after 3 months.

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