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 scoliosis treatment. However, the first time most people ever hear the word “scoliosis” is when they have been told they have it. Since it can be especially aggressive in children who are experiencing significant growth, early detection and treatment is critical to treatment success. If you suspect that you or a loved one has scoliosis, call a Scoliosis Specialists Doctor for a FREE PHONE CONSULTATION, today! Or, simply fill out the form to the right and we will contact you, quickly.
What exactly is it?
A side-to-side curvature of a normally straight spine. It 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 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 is complex. Potential contributing factors may include other diseases, trauma or injuries. Currently, the exact cause of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is unknown, however, research does indicate that there is a genetic link. Cases are diagnosed as idiopathic, meaning there is no underlying condition or cause for the spine deformity.
(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.
It 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
- Uneven hip
- Uneven pelvis
- Leg length discrepancies
Some 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 untreated 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