Scoliosis is an abnormal side-to-side (lateral) curvature of the spine that shows up as an “S” or “C” shape.
Scoliosis is typically classified as either congenital (present from birth), idiopathic (cause unknown) or neuromuscular (having developed as a secondary symptom of another condition).
Patients having reached full skeletal maturity (those that have stopped growing) are less likely to have a worsening case, but progression of curves is common, so it is vital to pick up postural changes as soon as possible.
Not only does this condition cause visually uneven posture, resulting in lower self-esteem, it can also cause problems later in life by resulting in early degeneration of the spine.
Some severe cases of scoliosis can lead to diminishing lung capacity, putting pressure on the heart and restricting physical activities. Progressive curves can also become unstable and collapse.
Early detection and management is key.
A non-surgical option for the management of scoliosis for curves between 15 and 50 degrees is the SpineCor Dynamic Corrective Brace for the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis. Although still a brace, this soft brace, which can be concealed beneath clothing and is flexible to allow for normal physical activities and sports.
Signs of scoliosis:
- Uneven height of the shoulders
- One shoulder blade more prominent than the other
- Uneven pelvic height
- Leg length inequality
- Abnormal curve shape of the spine
- Abnormalities in standing posture or gait