Scoliosis is when the spine isn’t in the proper shape and curves. Instead of the spine being straight from the front, it is curved and rotated. While scoliosis is most commonly thought of a condition that affects children affecting 1-2 children out of 50, it is actually more common in adults affecting 1 out of 10 over 40, and 3 out of 10 over 60.
While it was previously thought that scoliosis didn’t progress once you were done growing, we now know that isn’t the case. Scoliosis continues to progress as we age believed to be due to the abnormal loading of the spine.
Depending on the extent of the curve, there are 4 primary treatments-
While there are other treatments that have been used for scoliosis (chiropractic adjustments alone, general physical therapy, massage, etc), these are the only treats shown to consistently treat scoliosis.
Currently, it is not possible to prevent scoliosis or even say what causes the vast majority of cases. We do know that is has serious side effects. In adolescents it can not only cause pain but also a lowered self-image.
In adults aged 50-80 years, up to 40% with low back pain, leading some to believe it is a very under diagnosed cause of chronic low back pain. Depending on the extent of the curve and the growth factors of the individual (age, maturation, ect) treatment can be as a simple as a specific exercise regiment or may include bracing and traction.