Scoliosis: what it is and how to deal with it
- March 16, 2022
- Back pain, Check-up, Children, Deformity, Follow-up, Pain, Safety, Scoliosis
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Scoliosis is one of the main concerns of parents of adolescents during puberty and often too little is done to take the necessary precautions, also due to the need (no longer a need) for constant X-ray checks. In a recent study on adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, it was found that constant non-invasive monitoring and adequate physiotherapy can solve some problems quite easily.
But what do we mean when we talk about scoliosis? What do we get if we neglect it? Let’s try to get a simple understanding of the nature of the problem and see what the most important actions to take are.
What is scoliosis and why should we not neglect it?
Scoliosis is a pathological condition that manifests itself around puberty and is characterised by a lateral curvature of the spine, a deviation that can affect one or more mobile vertebrae. Usually, in the presence of scoliosis, the right shoulder is higher than the left because the curve of the spine is convex to the right at the height of the thoracic section, while in the lumbar section it curves to the opposite side.
As we have said, scoliosis manifests itself during the puberty period, precisely because the growth rates are high. It can therefore be closely linked to development. A very delicate phase that cannot be neglected. If we don’t take the problem seriously, scoliosis can worsen to the point of a major deformity. And here we don’t want to focus only on the aesthetic problem, but on the more important consequences, because scoliosis is certainly a cause of chronic pain and can even deform the ribcage, reducing the space available to the lungs and compromising their functioning.
Scoliosis can also be a secondary pathology and result from a neuromuscular problem (dystrophies or poliomyelitis). These are not the only cases that lead to a scoliosis problem, of course, only the most frequent ones.
What are the signs of scoliosis?
Before even having a check-up with a specialist, how can we assume the presence of scoliosis? As mentioned above, one of the clues is the presence of apparently asymmetrical shoulders (the right shoulder being higher). We may also notice this by the way clothes are worn because scoliosis may cause them to fall imperfectly along the body. Don’t overlook the signals your body sends out, first and foremost constant back pain, which is bound to be muscular in origin.
See a specialist without fear
This is not the right place to go into medical detail because there are situations that can (and should) only be investigated thoroughly by a specialist. Noticing a thoracic cage asymmetry is certainly not easy, just as it is not possible to prepare to perform corrective exercises without someone showing us the correct way to solve the problem. Not to mention that more serious curvatures of the spine may require surgery to correct them.
As we said at the beginning of this article, monitoring scoliosis on a regular basis is no longer a problem, because there are non-invasive methods that can help your physiotherapist in a constant and precise control. We are talking about Spine 3D technology, which is safe and accurate without the use of harmful X-rays. It has been demonstrated that in many cases self-correction exercises can partially solve the problem and your physiotherapist is able to view the situation of the spine in real time and intervene accordingly with targeted and effective exercises.
Find a Spine 3d centre for a safe check-up
Scoliosis can become a serious problem. Don’t neglect your child’s health – monitor their growth with confidence. Find a Spine 3d centre on our map, or contact us for any information. An affiliated technician will get back to you shortly with all the necessary information.
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