Scoliosis

Scoliosis, or Spinal Deformity, refers to an abnormal curvature of the spine, resulting in a person’s spine appearing to have a “C” or “S” shape. Broadly, scoliosis/spinal deformity also include conditions such as kyphosis, which is a deformity of the spine in the sagittal (side view) plane.

Scoliosis can be progressive and range from mild to severe. Mild scoliosis may not be easily recognized, versus severe scoliosis which is noticeable and can result in chronic, debilitating pain.

Given the range of this condition, obtaining a clinical examination from an experience physician is essential to ensure the right treatment plan is developed for your individual condition and long-term goals.

It appears to be common in females, and occurs during puberty.  There is no cure but there is treatment. It can be managed by exercise, using a brace or having surgery depending on the severity.  Stretching, yoga and Pilates are recommended to increase flexibility.

References

Adult Scoliosis Surgery Program, Retrieved from                                     https://www.brighamandwomens.org/neurosurgery/adult-scoliosis

Best Exercises for Scoliosis, Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/scoliosis/exercises-at-home#types-of-scoliosisb

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, RN

An experienced registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in all many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information.

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