Scoliosis is a disorder of the skeletal system, which creates a sideways curvature of the spine. Children are checked for it as they grow at the doctor, during regular well-care check-ups. It first came to my attention as a young teen, when my best friends was diagnosed, and had to wear a brace to help her spine grow in a straight manner. Watching her struggle with Scoliosis made me curious. This is the information that I learned.
1. The first lesser-known fact about Scoliosis is that the curve can be corrected sometimes. As with my best friend in middle school, Scoliosis can be a temporary condition. With proper care, it can be corrected to allow the person to have a normal life.
2. Contrary to popular opinion, exercise does not help the spine to correct itself. This is a false idea, which can even be dangerous to the individual that suffers from this condition.
3. Chiropractic treatment is not effective for curing or lessening the effects of Scoliosis. As in exercise, it can be dangerous.
4. Some injuries can actually cause Degenerative Scoliosis.
5. Scoliosis can cause respiratory problems and neurological dysfunction in some individual.
As it was, my friend was able to correct her spine enough to be capable of a normal life after wearing her brace for several years. While it created a disruption in her teen life, it was well worth it. The fact that an injury alone can cause this disorder was surprising to me. I was also surprised that exercise and chiropractic care was no help to the condition. It turns out that it can even be harmful. The treatments of wearing a brace for a certain number of years are typically for those individuals, which can improve the condition. Some people cannot help the condition at all without surgery.
For those individuals that elect for surgery, the condition is helpful, but can lead to back pain throughout life. Prevention was something that I was interested in. While prevention of injuries that lead to Degenerative Scoliosis is possible, there are no known prevention steps at this time. Families with people that have the condition have a 90% higher risk of passing this condition to his or her offspring. Scoliosis appears to be something that can be helped at this time, but is not easily cured.