Medical professionals confirms that scoliosis can be genetic related that triggers asymmetrical growth and alters the normal posture due to abnormal growth in the vertebra occurring in the spine. Scoliosis solution can be achieved by seeking advice and treatment from doctors immediately you realize you have the symptoms. Scoliosis is more predominant in girls than boys. Study indicates that 8 out of 10 cases of scoliosis are girls.
Factors that contribute to effective treatment of scoliosis
Effective treatment of scoliosis is dependent on some factors listed below;
- Degree and pattern of curve; the current extent and pattern of the curve will suggest the present and future damage that is likely to be caused.
- Type of scoliosis; adolescent, juvenile and infantile is common in age groups of 10 to 18, 3 to 9 and 3 years respectively.
- Patient’s age; by knowing the age, spine specialist are able to estimate the potential growth after the physical examination.
- Location of the curve; scoliosis can occur on any part of the spine but is more pronounced in the lumbar, thoracic and the thoraco-lumbar areas of the spine.
On the basis of these factors, the specialist will then choose the most effective treatment. Basic solutions available are;
Observation; this step is important after the scoliosis is detected. The development of the curve can be monitored over a period of time. It does through this that rate of curvature progression can be calculated.
Bracing that prevents the curve from worsening.
Surgery which is opted for if bracing is not helping in reducing the curve and the curve spreading to other organs and tissues causing serious damage.
Other treatments that have been recommended even though tangible benefits towards recovery is not guaranteed are; exercising, electrical stimulation, nutritional supplements and chiropractic treatment. Currently, physiotherapy and occupational therapy are the most used by patients.
Early detection is important to stopping the curve from spreading and likely to correct scoliosis permanently. Children should be evaluated thoroughly after birth and more regularly throughout their childhood years to check if their upper neck is aligned properly to avoid this problem from starting in their spine. Detection of a curvature rather than a misalignment should be corrected sooner. Lack of evaluation can lead to an advanced scoliosis, the misalignment should be corrected and maintained and postural exercises should be given so as to prevent future progression. If the curvature stays for long, it cannot be completely corrected.