What you need to know is that it's the most common spinal disorder in children and adolescents.
1 in 20 adolescents have some form of scoliosis. That makes it common.
COMMON ALIGNMENT ABNORMALITIES
- A bend in the spine. This is typically seen as one is bending over, making the spine and the ribs more prominent
- Unlevel shoulders or hips
- A short leg
- A loss of the normal curves of the spine in the sagittal plane (side view). This could be noting excessive slouching when sitting, or excessive forward head posture (when the head lays in front of the shoulders)
TYPES OF SCOLIOSIS
Although existing since time began, the causes of scoliosis are generally unknown. The National Health Service states that 80% of scoliosis has no known cause, or is idiopathic. Based upon the patient’s age and when the diagnosis took place, there are 4 types of scoliosis.
Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis: This is when the diagnosis was present from birth – 3 years of age.
Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis: This is diagnosed from age 3-10
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: This occurs from the age of 10- until the growth spurt or puberty is complete.
Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis: This type of scoliosis often starts with a small curve during the teenage years that progressed sometime after skeletal maturity.
Nervous System Stress, Tension or Irritation
Another example is when one leg grows a little longer than the other. With the sacrum bring the base of the spine, this causes it to become unlevel, so when the sacrum tilts the spine will tilt with it. As a result, a mild and sometimes moderate scoliosis can be the result.
Ligament damage or laxity from trauma, degeneration, or even the birthing process can also be a key contributor to structural scoliosis. If main stabilizing ligaments of the spine have become damaged or torn, the vertebra may become unstable and tilt in response, creating a scoliotic curve.
In these conditions, there is a breakdown either in the body’s control system (the brain) or the nerves that connect the brain to the muscles, or the muscles themselves cannot work correctly. Examples are:
Severe Chiari and Syringomyelia
Functional Neurologic Deficits
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