Scoliosis is an abnormal, lateral curvature of the spine that can affect men and women of all ages. Like every disease, there are several opinions for different people. The problem is that some of these opinions are for different doctors and some of them made several mistakes about diagnosing conditions and explaining the symptoms. The same happens with Scoliosis. This is a disease that has a lot of misconceptions or myths. Fortunately for you, in this article I will talk about five misconceptions or myths about Scoliosis.
- 1) Scoliosis is preventable. The truth is that this disease can’t be prevented. There isn’t a known origin of this disease so it is even tougher to find opportunities for prevention. Patients can have mental peace because they couldn’t have prevented this disease.
- 2) Wearing a heavy backpack causes scoliosis. There has been much debate in recent years to suggest heavy back packs as a root cause of scoliosis but it is no reputable. It is true that prolonged wearing of a heavy backpack isn’t good for posture or overall spine, but this can’t cause scoliosis.
- 3) Everyone diagnosed with scoliosis will eventually become severely deformed. There are some cases of scoliosis that result in severe deformity. However the vast majority do not. It is often the case that those diagnosed with scoliosis based on x-ray of the spine for something unrelated didn’t even know they had the condition because it didn’t present any symptoms or visible deformity.
- 4) Exercise and other alternative treatment methods can change or correct the abnormal degree of curvature in the spine. Much people don’t like the idea of surgery but that is the only alternative to correct the abnormal degree of curvature in the spine. However the exercises and techniques when used correctly can stop or slow the curve progression.
- 5) Surgery to adequately correct severe scoliosis curvatures is invasive, very risky and extremely painful. There are newer, safer and less traumatic techniques for surgeries. There is also a lot of clinical evidence supporting their effectiveness. Now the surgeries are better because it involve small’s incisions that enable surgeons to avoid cutting delicate muscle tissue and avoid a lot of blood loss.
In conclusion, knowing the facts can help you treat more effectively the disease. It is a disease that can’t be prevented but if you follow your doctor advice you will have success. Stay positive forever.