US National Library of Medicine defines scoliosis is an unpreventable condition in which the spine (backbone), when viewed from the back, curves abnormally. The two types of curvatures of the spine are known as the S-curve (being the shape of the letter “S”) and the C-curve (being the shape of the letter “C”). Scoliosis most often occurs in late childhood or early adolescence.
Scoliosis is diagnosed by physicians utilizing medical and family history, imaging and physical examination. Treatment options and follow-up appointments depend on factors such as how much the patient is likely to grow, age, degree of curvature and whether the curvature is permanent or temporary.
Given the plethora of information readily available to us via the internet and the eagerness of those to self diagnose, it is imperative that you search information holding clinical studies as well as data that support their information. Most importantly, always consult your physician before reaching any medical treatment decision(s).
Below are five of the most common myths regarding scoliosis.
Myth #1 Patients diagnosed with scoliosis will become deformed. In rare cases scoliosis can result in severe deformity. However, in most cases it does not. For many individuals diagnosed with scoliosis the curvature of the spine progresses very, very slowly and in some cases does not progress at all.
Myth #2: Exercise, bracing, and Yoga can change correct Scoliosis. When using techniques properly, these methods have been found to potentially stop or slow progression and many of these techniques can help with associated back pain due to severe scoliosis. However, none of these methods have been proven clinically effective.
Myth #3: Surgery is painful, invasive and very risky. Many surgical advancements have been made making today’s techniques much less invasive making muscle and/or tissue damage less likely and a much quicker recovery time.
Myth #4: Poor posture leads to scoliosis. Most cases of scoliosis are idiopathic (stem from an unknown cause). Poor posture is more likely to cause a bit of aches and pains rather than a true case of scoliosis.
Myth #5: Toting a heavy backpack causes scoliosis. There is no scientific evidence documented to support this claim.
So there you have it folks. Five scoliosis myths debunked and explained. Upon reading this article I hope that you have taken a bit of knowledge with you and most importantly, remember to consult your physician to determine the appropriate treatment options for you.