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Scoliosis is a progressive disease of curvature of the spine. It can affect people of all ages; not only children and adolescents, but also adults. Scoliosis can result in headaches, shortness of breath, back pain, digestive problems, menstrual cycle disturbances, leg, hip and knee pain, chronic fatigue and mood swings.
The majority of scoliosis cases do not require surgical treatment; they require non-surgical treatment.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) notes that scientists are hopeful that studying things such as changes in the central nervous system in people with scoliosis may reveal a cause of the disorder.
Unfortunately, as the NIH reports, in more than 80% of the cases, a specific cause of scoliosis is not found. For this reason, the focus of the Scoliosis Care Foundation is on non-surgical treatment of scoliosis whose cause is of unknown origin: idiopathic scoliosis.
Did You Know?
- Scoliosis more often tends to progress in girls than in boys, therefore girls more commonly need treatment.
- Females have a risk of curve progression 10 times higher than males.
- Scoliosis can run in families.
- There is a significant correlation between vestibular/balance problems and idiopathic scoliosis.
- Adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis are at increased risk of osteoporosis compared to the general pediatric population.
- There is a significant correlation of osteoporosis with idiopathic scoliosis in adults.
- There is evidence that poor nutrition may play a role in idiopathic scoliosis.
Regular visits to observe the progression of scoliosis, are an integral part of living a full and happy life. Scoliosis can be treated in various ways to help alleviate pain and restore normal functionality. Regardless of the treatment used, physical therapy may be added to scoliosis treatment to increase muscle strength and mobility. For more information, call Dr. Muransky at 954-923-1300.