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  • Writer's pictureDr. Thomas Harvey

Scoliosis Doctor Los Angeles

What is Scoliosis When you look at someone’s back, you will notice that the spine is straight. But when someone has an abnormal twisting or curvature on the spine, he or she has scoliosis. What is Scoliosis? It is a condition that causes unusual bend of the backbone or the spine. When someone is suffering from scoliosis, his or her backbone slants to one side. The bend’s angle might look large or small. However, any curve that is more than 10-degrees is considered scoliosis. Some of the signs of a person with scoliosis are: • One shoulder is normally higher than the other. • A clearly curved spine • Clothes not hanging correctly on the shoulders. • A protruding ribcage Scoliosis is can occur at any age but it is common in girls than in boys. In most cases, scoliosis is hereditary. This means an individual with the disorder is more likely to have kids with scoliosis. Types of scoliosis There are different causes of scoliosis. It is the duty of the doctor to determine the type of scoliosis a patient has. In many cases, the cause of the condition is not known. The type of scoliosis where the cause is unknown is referred to as idiopathic. Idiopathic is a scoliosis condition that is based on age when the disorder develops. There are 3 types of idiopathic scoliosis. 1. Infantile idiopathic scoliosis – this is a curve of the spine that develops before a kid is 2 years old. However, this type of scoliosis is very rare. The cause of this condition is unknown but some possible reasons include birth position or bad sleeping position after birth. Happily, the condition can improve with simple strategies such as change of sleeping position and stretching. 2. Juvenile idiopathic scoliosis – it is a curve that develops between the ages of 3 to 10 years. It is also not common. 3. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis – individuals who are over ten years can develop scoliosis known as adolescent idiopathic. It is common in girls than in boys. Around 80 percent of people suffering from scoliosis have idiopathic scoliosis. Apart from idiopathic scoliosis, there are other types of scoliosis that include. • Functional scoliosis – occurs when the spine is normal but the curve develops due to a problem in the body. It can be caused by muscle spasms or a leg being shorter than the other. • Degenerative scoliosis – although, scoliosis is a condition of young people, it can occur in adults. Scoliosis that occurs in older persons is known as degenerative scoliosis. It can occur due to the weakening of the normal ligaments, arthritis, and other factors. • Neuromuscular scoliosis – it is a type of scoliosis where there is an issue with the formation of the bones of the backbone. The bones can fail to form well or separate from one another after the child is born. Neuromuscular scoliosis develops in persons with other disorders that include cerebral palsy, birth defects, muscular dystrophy or an inherited tissue disease. Seeking medical assistance People with scoliosis experience discomfort, pain, and embarrassment. It is a condition that may lead to physical and emotional issues. If you notice you or your kid has signs of scoliosis, seek medical attention immediately. The doctor will examine the back and later refer you or your child for an x-ray. After the tests, the specialist will recommend the best treatment option. Learn more about Spinal Solutions Learn more about the Causes of Scoliosis

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