Can Scoliosis be Reversed?
Do you suffer from scoliosis in the Chapel Hill, Raleigh, or Durham areas? Typically, scoliosis begins as a minor bend in the spine that gradually progresses. In fact, for the diagnosis of a scoliosis to be made, there must be a minimum 60o sideways curve of the spine. Once the spine has advanced to this stage there are often severe health consequences. The good news is that if the bending of the spine is discovered early, and then cared for properly during its early stages, it can be prevented from advancing over time and in many cases the curvature can be reduced.
What Causes Scoliosis?
The cause of scoliosis has been researched, and there has been little consensus regarding its origin. However, the studies have shown that scoliosis is more likely to occur in young adolescent females. Many times a small bend in the spine begins with the simple misalignment of single vertebrae. Over time, the body begins to compensate for this abnormality and “S” and “C” shaped curves of the spine develop. Often parents and children first notice the presence of scoliosis due to the un-evening of the shoulders and pelvis. Unlike other spinal conditions, scoliosis cannot be reversed by changes in posture.
While many cases of scoliosis effect the younger population, it is important to realize that the condition can also develop in older adults. As people age, degenerative disorders such as osteoporosis cause the bones in the spine to lose their normal shape. As a result, the body begins to compensate by producing lateral curves in the spine to ensure that the head remains level. In such cases, if the cause of the bending is not addressed, severe consequences including heart and lung problems may develop.
An x-ray examination performed by your treating physician is the most effective means of detecting a scoliosis. However, various orthopedic examinations such as Adams Position Test can assist in the diagnosis. Dr. Cosmas Leigh at Leigh Brain & Spine will also examine the hips and shoulders for un-evening, and check the legs for variation in length which. This can be a clue to the development of a scoliosis.