What is Scoliosis?
Nobody has a perfectly straight spine. However, some spines have a greater curvature than others!
Scoliosis is a medical condition of the spine where the spine curves sideways, creating either a ‘C’ or ‘S’ shape. A spine with a curve of 10 degrees or greater is said to be scoliotic.
What causes Scoliosis?
Approximately 80% of clients with scoliosis have idiopathic scoliosis, meaning there is no known cause for the curvature in the spine. The majority of idiopathic scoliosis cases usually develop in patients between the ages of 10-15 years old, roughly coinciding with the onset of puberty.
In rarer cases, scoliosis can also develop as a result of an underlying medical condition such as:
· Muscular dystrophy– a genetic condition that causes muscles weakness.
· Cerebral palsy– a condition associated with brain damage.
· Marfan syndrome– a disorder of the connective tissue within the body.
Individuals can also be born with scoliosis due to the way their spine develops in the womb; this is called congenital scoliosis and is rare.
Thank you for reading our post today. Finding out you have Scoliosis can be a challenging life event. As can finding out your child or family member has Scoliosis. If you or any of your friends/ family are experiencing any of these symptoms, then give us a call to get it checked out by one of our professionals.