Scoliosis is a condition that affects the curvature of the spine. Scoliosis typically occurs during the growth spurt just before puberty, which is why the condition is particularly common in children.
In some patients, scoliosis is directly linked to conditions like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. In most patients, however, the cause of scoliosis is totally unknown.
Most scoliosis cases begin as a mild condition. Over time, however, the condition can become more severe. Some children develop spine deformities that get more severe as they continue to grow. The most severe types of scoliosis can be disabling, and an especially severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest. This can impede healthy lung functionality.
Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis
Common early warning signs of scoliosis can include:
- Uneven shoulders
- Uneven waist
- One shoulder blade that appears to be more prominent than the other
- One hip that appears to be higher than the other
- As a scoliosis curve worsens, the spine can rotate or twist (in addition to curving side to side). This can eventually cause ribs on one side of the body to stick out more prominently than ribs on the other side.
Risk Factors for Scoliosis
Most patients develop scoliosis for unknown reasons. However, there are certain risk factors for scoliosis, including all of the following:
Age: The first symptoms of scoliosis typically become noticeable during the growth spurt that occurs just before puberty.
Sex: Both boys and girls develop mild scoliosis at about the same rate, although girls have a much higher risk of requiring treatment as the curve worsens.
Family History: Genetics can play a role in the development of scoliosis. However, most children with scoliosis do not come with a family with a history of scoliosis.
Ultimately, most patients develop scoliosis for unknown reasons. It’s a largely unpredictable condition. There are certain early warning signs and risk factors, although most scoliosis cases stem from unknown sources.
Chiropractors can help manage symptoms of scoliosis to maintain patient wellness and comfort. Schedule your free consultation with Lakewood’s leading chiropractor, Renew Chiropractic, to discover scoliosis treatment options. Call 720-493-5885 to schedule your free consultation.