What is scoliosis and what are its symptoms?

Centro de la columna Vertebral: September 18, 2018

¿Qué es la escoliosis y cuáles son sus síntomas?
 

What is scoliosis and what are its symptoms?

Scoliosis is a deviation of the spine that causes a curve. The severity, prognosis and symptoms depend on the magnitude of the curve. It mainly affects children and adolescents but can also occur in adults with certain diseases. On this occasion we will tell you more about the causes of this condition which, if detected and diagnosed in time, is completely reversible.

Symptoms of scoliosis

The most obvious symptom of scoliosis is the curvature in the spine, which can be seen with the naked eye or with a very simple test in which you must touch the tips of your feet. However, it can also cause the shoulders to be uneven, as well as the waist or hip, even to the extent of causing an uneven gait. In short:

  • Uneven shoulders
  • A shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other or a hump.
  • Uneven waist
  • One side of the hip is higher than the other
  • Pain occurs when the muscles of the spine are affected.

Causes

Most cases have unknown causes. Scoliosis can also be associated with congenital factors, i.e., malformations of the spine during birth or genetic factors. To a lesser extent, it can also be caused by neurological disorders, injuries or muscle paralysis.

Complications

The main complication has to do with appearance, something that can affect a child's normal development and leave psychological scars. In advanced cases, the rib cage can put pressure on the lungs, causing breathing problems. Finally, an adult who suffered this disease during childhood may experience chronic back pain.

Early detection

It is very important detect this condition among boys and girls, especially from 4 to 9 years of age. The tests are straightforward, an x-ray is probably necessary to determine the degree of curvature of the spine. In this way, the specialist doctor can recommend an appropriate treatment.

Treatment for scoliosis in CCV

At the Centro de la Columna Vertebral we are experts in problems and diseases of the spine. If you detect any abnormal curvature in the back of your son or daughter, do not hesitate to go to any of our doctor’s offices. If you suffered from this disease in your childhood and have back problems, we can design the best treatment for you, without surgery.

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"The information contained in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replaces medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Mendez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license: 602691".

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