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Scoliosis: Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Treatment of Rare Spinal Condition

Scoliosis is a rare three-dimensional spinal condition that is characterized by sideways rotation and curvature of a person’s spine. X-rays have revealed that a person who has scoliosis may have either an “S” curve or a “C” curve. It could be dextroscoliosis including the following: a right thoracic curve that is situated to the right of the upper back, a right thoracolumbar curve that bends to the right – beginning in the upper region of the spinal column and ending in the lumbar section of the lower back, and a right lumbar curve in that section of the spinal column.

Levoscoliosis features curves in the opposite direction and a double major curve starts with a right-bending curve in the upper back and ends in a left lumbar curve. Regardless of the direction in which the curve bends, Scoliosis can be classified as either functional or structural. In functional scoliosis, the curve may be due to spinal disc injury and subsequent muscle dystrophy and it is not visible when the patient is lying down or bending to the side. The spinal column is structurally normal. In structural scoliosis, however, the abnormality of the vertebral curve is fixed irrespective of the body’s position.

This condition generally affects around three percent of the population. Idiopathic scoliosis, which is the most common, may affect juveniles from as young as three years of age to when the growth spurt prior to puberty occurs. It could also happen during adolescence. Although there is no known cause, clinical experience has demonstrated that environmental factors and genetic factors (around 15% of scoliosis cases are believed to be congenital) are associated with its occurrence. Other risk factors that may contribute to the appearance of condition include Neuromuscular Diseases, Cerebral Palsy, and Marfan syndrome.

The following symptoms have been observed in patients diagnosed with scoliosis: Respiratory issues owing to a reduction in the amount of space in chest by an abnormal spinal curve, constipation arising from constriction of the stomach and intestines, and restricted mobility as a result of pain in the upper back, lower back, neck, shoulders, and buttocks. Bracing and surgery are the two ways of managing scoliosis depending on severity, but you’ll want to visit Spine Center of Texas for an evaluation and a complete explanation of treatment options. We now have offices in San Antonio, New Braunfels, and Seguin.