WHAT IS SCOLIOSIS?
Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal disorder in which there is a sideways curvature of the spine or backbone.The angle of the curve may be small, large or somewhere in between. Anything that measures more than 10 degrees is considered scoliosis. The curve is just a symptom of the condition, which is influenced by many factors.
Scoliosis occurs most often in children age 10 to 15. In each patient, the curve occurs at different points of the spine and may tilt the pelvis. In as many as 80% of cases, there is not an exact reason for a curved spine. Scoliosis without a known cause is called idiopathic.
There are also two types of scoliosis that do have a cause — structural and nonstructural. In nonstructural scoliosis, the spine works normally but looks curved. This can occur due to muscle spasms, one leg is longer than the other or inflammations. These problems are treatable and the scoliosis can go away. In structural scoliosis, the curve of the spine is rigid and can be progressive in many cases. This type of scoliosis usually requires ongoing care.
X-Ray of Scoliosis Patient
Effective diagnosis of scoliosis is a vital part of developing an effective treatment plan. Some of the factors that are assessed prior to treatment are spinal rigidity and sensor motor integration. X-rays also help confirm the diagnosis of scoliosis and reveal the severity of the spinal curvature. Call 314-838-8780 for a free consult and evaluation.