Most people who are visiting our site are doing so because either they, their daughter or son has just been diagnosed with scoliosis of the spine and they are looking for information and options for treatment. However, the first time most people ever hear the word “scoliosis” is when they have been told they have it.
What exactly is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a side-to-side curvature of a normally straight spine. Scoliosis affects approximately 12 million people worldwide. Left untreated, this unhealthy curve can worsen and cause deformity, respiratory problems, cardiac problems, digestive problems, and debilitating pain.
A rotation of the vertebra and the rib cage usually accompanies this unhealthy curvature of the spine. The majority of scoliosis patients are diagnosed between ages of 12 and 16, although there are many adults who suffer from the disease as well.
Types of scoliosis?
The cause of scoliosis is complex; potential contributing factors may include other diseases, trauma or injuries. Currently the exact cause of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is unknown, however, research does indicate that there is a genetic link. Scoliosis cases are diagnosed as idiopathic, meaning there is no underlying condition or cause for the spine deformity.
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) occurs after age 10 and is most common in females but can occur in males. Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis (JIS) typically affects patients ranging from age 3 to 10 years old. Early Onset Scoliosis (EOS) affects patients age 3 or younger, and although the condition is rare, it can severely interfere with lung function and growth.
Scoliosis is a progressive disease, which can continue into maturity. As such, it is a disease that must be monitored aggressively and treated as early as possible, preferably before the curve reaches 30 degrees.
Scoliosis may be slight or significant, and may include: the lumbar, thoracic or thoracolumbar regions of the spine.
Noticeable changes often include:
- Rib hump
- Low hip
- Low pelvis
- Leg length discrepancies
Some scoliosis patients have breathing and cardiac problems along with neuropathy. Since many early degenerative changes are shown in younger patients, adults often have severely advanced degenerative changes in the spine if Scoliosis is present for long periods.
If untreated, most severe scoliotic deformations have mid and long-term consequences on Vital functions (Respiratory & Cardiac Pathology), Locomotion (Pain & Mobility Limitation) and Aesthetic (Hunchbacked aspect & Short Trunk).
The SpineCor non-rigid bracing system is a revolutionary way of managing scoliosis in adolescents and adults.
By allowing total freedom of movement, the SpineCor brace:
- Strengthens affected muscle groups
- Allows for proprioceptive input, which is an integral component in neuromuscular reeducation
- Provides relief from muscular strain due to chronic postural changes
- Provides relief of chronic pain